MEANIES - It's Not Me, It's You LP
After more than two decades without releasing a record, iconic Melbourne pub rock punks THE MEANIES are officially back, with their brand new full length 'It's Not Me, It's You'.
Reflecting on the new album, Wally Meanie said it took some inspiration from the resurgence of some of their great mates in order to head back into the studio: "The renaissance that our pals in the Cosmic Psychos were having inspired us to get off our arses and put something new out. What the hell, it couldn't hurt right? Besides, we were getting pretty sick of playing the same set for the last 21 years!" The Meanies have one of the most storied histories in the chronicles of Australian rock. Four mates that loved beer and punk rock came together in 1989 and somehow landed on a formula of snotty power-pop that would see them tour the world, supporting the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys, The Lemonheads, Bad Brains and Fugazi.
At their peak, Link, Wally, DD and Ringo were selling records left, right and centre, establishing themselves as one of the country's most adored underground heroes. And when it all got a bit too much and they called a hiatus in 1995, they were one of the few that could never be accused of trying to sell out or cash in on the post Nirvana boom.
Since reforming in 1998, they've kept things simple, playing just a handful of shows each year in order to keep the spirit of The Meanies alive for what tallies up to a staggering 26 years now (making them eligble for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame - just sayin'). It hasn't all been easy though - losing two great mates along the way in former guitarists DD and Tas - but they've continued to soldier on with the help of Jordan “Jaws” Stanley (The Onyas/The Casanovas), keeping the amps rattling and the beers cold in their honour.
2014 saw the band re-master and re-release their entire album catalogue on vinyl through local label Poison City, and the band will again team up with Australia's premier punk imprint to bring you 10 new bangers to bash beer to in 2015.