Mayors Of The Moon
This musical colossus has a long, storied history, beginning with the laundry list of Langford’s bands.
The Pine Valley Cosmonauts have provided musical backing for and toured with Kelly Hogan and Neko Case; they also put out a Bob Wills tribute (“Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills”) and the first in a series of anti-death-penalty benefit records (“The Executioner’s Last Songs, Vol. 1”). The Waco Brothers kick their way through the honky-tonk genre, making their annual pilgrimage to Austin in March to reign mightily at the South By Southwest debacle. And the Mekons just celebrated their 25th anniversary by going on tour in the States and overseas with the Sadies, who opened the shows as a Canadian Mekons tribute band. MAYORS OF THE MOON is an unlikely alliance, which will have music writers reaching for their thesauri. But music gets boring when everyone plays by the rules and sticks to the straight and narrow. Welshman Langford and Canadians the Sadies, like those crazy Frenchmen who shot their rocket to the moon, have tossed protocol and cautious deliberation to the wind. Sometimes it takes a bunch of outsiders to show us how many more places our music can take us.