This Album Will Anger Fascists!
# It feels like yesterday that I read “Imagine The Clash fronted by Johnny Cash” in my local evening paper, and I turned to son #1 (15 at the time) “Get your coat, we’re going to see a band!” Seeing The Waco Brothers that evening changed my life. Alan aka The Rocking Magpie
There’s always been a lot of talk about “super-groups” over the years.
You know, when musicians from different bands come together to form one band, either as a one-off or an ongoing continuation, and it’s almost always heralded as the best thing since Cream or CSN&Y or …….., but in reality, nearly every band is a super-group (unless the musicians have just started to learn their instruments) because every musician plays in many bands and learns and develops new skills from every band they’ve ever been in, and bring this knowledge and experience to the table. FACT
But; or should I say BUT! (all capitals and exclamation point firmly signifying that I’m making a serious point here) when you get musicians from such diverse acts as the Mekons, Graham Parker and the Rumour, Jesus Jones, and the Hushdrops, playing their version of straight up country-punk music with a revolutionary twist, you’re in for a real treat.
Resist!, released by Bloodshot Records, is a compilation of the band’s protest and political songs from their previous albums of the past three decades, and what a collection it is.
We get Waco originals such as $ Bill the Cowboy and Lincoln Town Car next to fire-branded covers of the Neil Young hippy-rock classic Revolution Blues and the always fun I Fought the Law; which the Waco Bros tear into like a half-drunk bar band not caring whether they get asked back or not. Hell, this band was forged on the intent of getting together to play rough and tumble country tunes in bars while drinking for free so it’s no surprise that these songs fly past like a hell-bound freight train with one wheel hanging off the tracks.
“No Heart” and “Blink of an Eye” are full of no compromising hillbilly guitar riffs, “Plenty Tough, Union Made” and “Never Real” deal with hard universal truths and ending the album is “Bad Times are Coming ‘Round Again,” a sing-a-long stomper well worthy of kicking off the apocalypse with.
Every town across the world needs a band like the Waco Brothers so the working men and women all over can hit the dance floor, raise a glass, and sing along while the world grinds away.
Hey Jon Langford, you guys ever think of franchising?
Released February 28th 2020
Review courtesy The Legendary Roy Peak