Hahaharem




The Mekano Set


HAHAHAREM
 

The Mekano Set: a dark-roasted blend of spite, noise and extreme weather conditions. Nihilism you can dance to.


Hahaharem, the new EP by The Mekano Set, is available now via Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes, Grooveshark, Amazon, etc: http://themekanoset.bandcamp.com/album/hahaharem (with different tracks / mixes available on Grooveshark + Bandcamp). Released by Stray Recordings, this collection of songs combines the distinctive, resonant vocals of Mr. Milk, the plaintive voice of Justine Kay (formerly of Parisian Post-Rockers In Broken English), Post Punk guitar squalls, grimey basslines, location recordings and some brooding, dirty down-tempo beats.

Everything 'Post-Punk' is sometimes accused of being a nostalgic throwback to a time of musical superiority, where modern bands find themselves relentlessly compared to their fore-bearers. Part of the whole point of me doing any of this in the first place was to prove that didn't have to be the case, and I think The Mekano Set embody that point as much as anything I've ever heard.

Traditional Post-Punk staples clash with thoroughly contemporary electronica, ominous baritone guitars ring out over sparse break-beats, and the themes are edgy and relevant. This is a band facing forward..." Who Wave Music.





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Beautifully crafted doesn't come close to describing the latest EP from The Mekano Set. But that's hardly out of the ordinary for the Meks. Abstract guitars and Post-Punk basslines swirl around massive, sound system crushing beats...

Noise and found-sounds tickle the ears while the listener is brow-beaten with hook after hook. And it all sounds so beautiful too. Slick as fuck, with substance. The Bandcamp release includes five bonus tracks. Splendid." Stray Recordings.


"Hahaharem is our Shoegrime / Soulgaze EP. These songs have all the grit and griminess we've been working towards, combined with the swirly shimmery 'smashed to splinters... in space' guitar sounds, the chiming baritone and deep bass riffs... bass you can feel..." The Mekano Set.



We want to tug at heart strings. We want to rattle rib cages. Give it a blast and you'll see what we mean: http://themekanoset.bandcamp.com/album/hahaharem

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/1I79OwWOGYflVu6C3O5ErK

Grooveshark: http://grooveshark.com/album/Hahaharem/6238698

iTunes US link for Hahaharem:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hahaharem-ep/id550801204?uo=4

iTunes France link for Hahaharem:
http://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/hahaharem-ep/id550801204?uo=4

iTunes Germany link for Hahaharem:
http://itunes.apple.com/de/album/hahaharem-ep/id550801204?uo=4

iTunes El Salvador link for Hahaharem:
http://itunes.apple.com/sv/album/hahaharem-ep/id550801204?uo=4

iTunes Italy link for Hahaharem:
http://itunes.apple.com/it/album/hahaharem-ep/id550801204?uo=4

iTunes Brazil link for Hahaharem::
http://itunes.apple.com/br/album/hahaharem-ep/id550801204?uo=4


Amazon:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008TTSKMO

Germany: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B008TX1FUE

France: http://www.amazon.fr/dp/B008TVEE6I


"A grizzly baguette of barbed-wire oozing delicious Dubstep bass feeding off a Gary Gilmore’s Eyes riff... Sigur Rós verses the Chemical Brothers on Diazepam." Gig Junkies.

More info: a new, Hahaharem edition of The Mekano Set eZine newsletter:
The NoiseLetter - Hahaharem Edition





"Slick spiky electronic rock that screams darkness beneath a seemingly delicate exterior." Natasha Scharf, Metal Hammer.




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“John Peel would have loved them” DJ CruelBritannia.


"Mekano Set make machine rock music that blurs the line between dark-indie and industrial in exquisite fashion." Soundsphere Magazine.


 

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"The Mekano Set get us all worked up with the promise of a song called 'Dirty Hand Job', and then totally spoil the mood by being goths... about as menacing as a Crow soundtrack." Emily Mackay.*


"Seedily attractive, smooth, impressively catchy, seething power..." Mick Mercer.


"Don't Eat The Sweets is an incredible track with great vocal harmony and beautifully structured layers of guitar and drums to really lure you into the mood to party." Hidden Sanctuary Radio.


"Filthy electro-rock... like some kind of beautiful crime." Niall O'Keeffe.


They take an industrial rock sounding shoegaze for a ride through a world of phazing guitar and driving beats, Depeche Mode vocals and slick electronic walls of sound.

Last time I saw them live they turned the smoke machine on full blast until you literally could not see your hand in front of your face and howled their guitars before stopping and leaving after one song! Brilliant! / Fokka Wolf.


"Delicate, filthy, post coital purr." Bubblegum Slut.


It’s a rare thing these days to actually find a genuinely original band. Whilst The Mekano set obviously show some of their influences, most notably late 70s/Early 80’s post punk and early 90s Shoegaze.

It’s the way it’s put together that makes The Mekano Set so unique. Hynotic beats combine with Hooky-esque basslines, fucked up guitar sounds and haunting, underplayed vocals.

Possibly The Mekano set’s weakness is they are impossible to categorise. Dark but not Goth, retro but modern. And people need their little boxes to put bands into these days. Some will get it, most won’t. I do get it and it is brilliant! / DJ Wild Bill Buttock


*NME / Stool Pigeon journalist Ms Mackay went on to criticize our "electro" tendencies, and our blatant use of what she thought was synthesizers. She also described non-existent photos of us standing outside a church wearing long black coats.

More recently, Ms Mackay wrote an article singing the praises of this new band she'd just discovered who go by the name of Ladytron. She didn't comment on their fondness for crushed black velvet, goth haircuts, pointy shoes, or their occasional use of synthesizing keyboards...


Milk and guitar




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The Mekano Set with thanks to Elementary Recordings, Jo Staples, Al Neilson, Rollo, Andy B, Lisa, Beth, Nigel, Amber, Deb, Ridder and HRT.

Photography by BeatnikSoup, MsDee, Chucky and Belle Piec.

The Mekano Set use Dean Markley strings, shit guitars, a Samson Mixpad analog mixer,
tape recorders, old cheap PC laptops, second hand guitar effects and cheap digital drum machines
.

The Mekano Set do not use massive, over-priced amps, over-priced (shit) vintage guitars,
over-priced analog synths (although we wouldn't mind getting our hands on some syn-drums) etc.


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