The Upshot: It’s loud, a little messy and completely stripped of pretention; all hallmarks of the original punk and outlaw country genres.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
It’s been about four years since cow punks The Waco Brothers, side project for the Mekons’ Jon Langford, have out put a record and damn if you didn’t realize how badly you needed new music from them until you heard it.
Going Down In History is pretty much what you’d expect from the genre veterans; catchy three-chord country with some distorted guitars and plenty of punk rock attitude and smart ass lyrics. The opener, “DIYBOB” pretty much sets the stage and could be our new national anthem if Donald Trump wins the election. There is a sloppy, “fuck it let’s do it in one take” vibe to the record that’s part of the appeal. It’s loud, a little messy and completely stripped of pretension; all hallmarks of the original punk and outlaw country genres.
The band also has a sweet, spirited cover of the Small Faces’ “All or Nothing,” an appropriate gesture as Faces’ keyboardist Ian McLagan was a friend of the band. The band dedicated the album to him. Elsewhere, the band gets grittier, but closes with the perfect Waco Brothers sing-along “Orphan Song.” Simply sublime.
DOWNLOAD: “DIYBOB,” “Had Enough” and “Lucky Fool”