Soulgaze / Shoegrime

So we spent the last few days out in the wilds of Staffordshire, doing a little location recording, filming and celebrating the fact that we've finished the next EP.

It's called Hahaharem.  It's available now via our Bandcamp page and it'll be on Spotify, iTunes, Grooveshark etc. at the end of August (more details of that soon). http://themekanoset.bandcamp.com/album/hahaharem

It's got a vibe to it that reminds me of what we were doing when we first started making noise. It's mostly grimy, groovy and down-tempo. With lots of swirl and soil.

Just received a recording of our last gig in Brum. The amount of bass end basically renders it unusable but we might make use of the bits between songs as they're quite fun. The sound of the Industrial Midlands... Speaking which:

We managed to have a night off and pay a visit to the wonderful Dark Room (no, it's not called The Red Room and it's not in Twin Peaks, but it certainly could be)  at The Giffard Arms in Wolverhampton and have a good old rant with DJ Wild Bill Buttock about the general state of the alternative scenes in this country. Given the opportunity he'd spin nothing but Post Punk and Goth the entire night.

We also unintentionally made this while gathering some video footage:


And intentionally helped to make a video, set on the surface of Imercia:

In other news, it's our ol' partner in-noise crimes / drinkies Beth's birthday today. Happy birthday to you Garfield, hopefully catch up with you soon xx

The Mekano Set


Bass, Beats, Guitars, Food and Drink

Next week we're heading out into the country to spend a few days finalizing tracks for the next EP.

We're actually planning on releasing two EPs, one of which will be going out via Stray Recordings as a thankyou for all their help over the past year.

Ade and the Stray crew have done everything from sorting out some of our dodgier equipment to offering invaluable advice in terms of production and bass, and generally joining us for a few boozy nights putting the world of sound, art, politics, sex and religion to rights.

So we hopefully have Hahaharem, a collection of our more downbeat tracks, but still drenched in atomized guitar noise and enough bass end to drown your sorrows in and shake your booty to.

And Hand in Hand will be equally pounding and filthy and will feature at least one new tune that is actually longer than 3 minutes...

Tracks picked out so far include Offender, Reaching Out (the one with the guitars that sound like something from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop / Doctor Who) and two mixes of Dirty Hand Job (one slightly dirtier and underhanded than the other).

If anyone is interested in getting hold of a pre-release set of tracks for review purposes you can drop Sin a line at mysteriouspackages@mekanoset.net and she'll provide you with linkages and informations.

We've also started an online competition where you can win some groovy Mek-based prizes, including an all-expenses paid "day out with The Mekano Set" in London. To enter you need to come up with a poster design for our forthcoming "Anticlockwise Club" night: https://www.facebook.com/events/420684981305892/421400134567710/

We've already had some great (and ridiculous) entries.

The Mekano Set



Imercian Fine Dining - The Mekano Set Menu

Hello kids. Sin here. Welcome to a very special release – a mekalicous Imercian dining festival of informations that I hope you will all enjoy.

For those who don’t know me – as The Mekano Set Press and PR officer I have been supporting The Meks with their Social Media and general Interwebbing presence since about a month ago. I’ll explain later.

Today we want to bring the essence of Imercian Dining into your hearts, heads, and most
importantly, bellies. 

Many have asked: what do they eat in Imercia, if anything? To some it may seem they subsist entirely on booze and fags. But no! To defy this ever-glowing rumour, The Mekano Set press office has collated a menu highlighting some typical Imercian dishes. 

While this may tickle your appetite and/or gag reflexes, please remember that it is not just about dishes. Imercians take great care to uphold their own particular dining traditions, such as extended mulling over what to order (even when dining in private), indulging the sudden disappearance of their appetite and eating at peculiar day- and night-times.

Imercian outdoor wine-cooler

Dining can be a complicated matter at times: in very traditional restaurants, waiters will
purposefully ignore guests for up to 23 minutes before taking an order. Even in the more modern establishment, the scowl is a must-have accessory on any waiter’s face. Tips will only be accepted when secretly hidden on or within your server’s person – though they will usually politely distract themselves for a little while after the meal, thus giving you the opportunity to hide your gratitude and appreciation. 

The Meks demonstrating some examples of acceptable Imercian dining attire and manners.

I'm hoping that the menu may form part of a unique compilation of Traditional Imercian Fine Dining Musics that The Meks are compiling. So that you can all really "imerce" yourselves in the full Mekanistic dining experience ; )

We hope that we have managed to make Imercian Dining a little more accessible for those interested in its intricacies. The Mekano Set Menu is available as a pdf file via Bandcamp, iTunes store, Spotify and Grooveshark - and as a limited edition fine-art print on special request.

Until next time
- Sin xxx

While occasionally practiced, the use of fresh vegetables is not key to Imercian cuisine.

P.S. A couple of weeks ago The Mekano Set confirmed that they are planning a pan-European tour in 2013. They mentioned lots of details, but we will save them for another post!