THE MEANIES RESCHEDULE AND EXPAND THEIR REGRETTABLY-NAMED BETTER LATE THAN NEVER ‘DESPERATE MEASURES’ TOUR
LINK MEANIE’S NEW PROJECT BAGFUL OF BEEZ ALSO GIGGING FOLLOWING RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC BEATLES
ONLY in these crazy times might a band tour its new album the year after the year after it was released, but that’s what the Meanies will be doing when they hit the road in January to finally give Desperate Measures a proper live airing. Desperate Measures was released in July 2020, by which time the shit had already hit the fan. Their “Better Late Than Never” DESPERATE MEASURES TOUR was first announced earlier this year – 2021 – when things looked like they’d cleared. They got bumped a couple of times, and now they’re on for 2022.
At least the certainty (?!?) of things as they stand now has allowed for more shows to be added. It’s also given Link Meanie – aka Link McLennan – a chance to release the debut album by his new project Bagful of Beez.
The Meanies’ Desperate Measures is a hard, fast and catchy onslaught of hard-hitting Meanies mayhem. It evokes the classic sound that made the band a household name in all the worst houses back in the ’90s, and which has influenced generation after generation of young punks ever since. Their “Better Late Than Never” DESPERATE MEASURES TOUR is gonna be worth the wait.
Desperate Measures is out now on Cheersquad Records and Tapes.
See below for all tour details.
THE MEANIES’ BETTER LATE THAN NEVER DESPERATE MEASURES TOUR 2022
Thu 10 – The Zoo, Brisbane QLD – Tickets
Fri 11 – Eleven Dive Bar, Maroochydore QLD – Tickets
Sat 12 – Spring Loaded Festival, Eaton’s Hill QLD – Tickets
Sun 13 – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD – Tickets
Fri 18 – The Tote, Collingwood VIC – Tickets
Sat 19 – The Tote, Collingwood VIC – Tickets
Fri 25 – Barwon Club, Geelong VIC – Tickets
Wed 30 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW – Tickets
Thu 31 – The Lansdowne, Sydney NSW – Tickets
As mentioned above, Melbourne’s lockdowns enabled Link Meanie aka Link McLennan to record an album by his new project Bagful of Beez, and that album Do Androids Dream of Electric Beatles, is also out now on Cheersquad Records & Tapes.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Beatles is a brilliant and eclectic mix of classic pop styles, and the result is the sort of everything-including-the-kitchen-sink approach that studio-enamored pop savants have been known to take ever since Todd Rundgren recorded A Wizard, A True Star. Link recorded the album completely by himself, playing all instruments. He played out solo with a drum machine as Bagful of Beez a couple of times earlier in the year but has just enlisted Even drummer Matt Cotter to ensure a stronger live presence. (Even of course is also the second home of Link’s Meanies bandmate Wally, and Even’s Ash Naylor has also performed with Link in the Meanies on occasion.)
Bagful of Beez have two shows coming up:
Thu 25 Nov – Nighthawks, Collingwood + Maggie Alley (tickets on the door)
Sat 27 Nov – River Rocks, Geelong w/ Tumbleweed and heaps more. Tickets here.
“Link is the Dr Seuss of music. Bending the beautiful, bizarre and brilliant around each other in creations I’m perennially in awe of” – Tim Rogers
“This is the pure sound of a brilliant, crazed, talented savant. I listen to so much of Link’s music with a sense of wonder and joy. But this takes it to another level.” – Bruce Milne (Au-go-go Records)