COME HERE FLOYD "...With singles like ‘Saving New York’, they make the chairs by the bars shake with anticipation. The Bowie like vocal attitude drizzles the irony and the destitute descriptions of the city, or the town, or the individual misdeeds…The profound ‘absurdity’ of the world is noted clearly and defyingly in this single. It’s a fun and thought provoking addition to the musical discourse, for sure"
IMPULSE MAGAZINE - Puberty Tales Album Review "An exotic, enchanting record of rollicking, eclectic anthems"
NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY- Puberty Tales Album Review "Mad Meg’s Killer Debut Album Mashes Up Elegant Art-Rock and Creepy Phantasmagoria"
EXCLUSIVE! ‘Circling The Drain’ by Mad Meg
"Mad Meg, a band who treat it as their personal mission to get your hips swaying."
MUSIC RAG - Interview with Ilya Popenko 2016
NeuFutur MAGAZINE - Puberty Tales Album Review 2016
Puberty Tales is an album that touches upon a wide variety of styles as listeners become familiar with this inimitable act.
VENTS MAGAZINE - Introducing the dark humor of NYC’s Polka Punk Rock band, MAD MEG – debut single “Scary People” is out there 2016
Dave Darin Show - Radio interview with Ilya Popenko 2016
FOR US NOT THEM - Mad Meg Scary People 2016
FLOWERS IN A GUN - Mercury Lounge show review 2014
No one remembers the date of its inception, but Mad Meg have existed, in some form, for centuries. The earliest known depiction of Mad Meg is a 1568 rendering by Breughel the Elder, called Dulle Grete: armed with frying pans, kitchen knives, and other peasant implements, a motley gang of ruffians stages a hodge-podge assault on Hell itself.
The leader of Mad Meg, Russian-born poet, photographer, lunatic Ilya Popenko, is a towering and unpalatable figure, whose morbidly fascinating performance style and zombie-like singing does nothing to elucidate the profundity, charming self-deprecating irony, and expressive subtlety of his songs, written sometimes in English, sometimes in Russian. These qualities are further obscured by the clamoring instrumental accompaniment of his assembly of sidekicks, who play in an eclectic style they themselves haphazardly identify as “Punk-Chanson-Noir”.
Assembled and based in New York, the eclectic and hard-rocking band, with overtones of Eastern European existential anguish, have toured extensively in Russia and the former Soviet Bloc, including tours that covered close to 30 cities throughout the vast, frozen expanse of Russia, and in the course of which they shared the stage with such luminaries as Nogu Svelo, and Emir Kusturica and recorded a live album in a female prison in Lithuania.
To visit Ilya Popenko's personal site go to www.ilyapopenko.com