Waco Brothers Get Historical

Read our review The Waco Brothers’ Going Down In History

waco brothers on stage

credit: Jay Blakesberg

First Studio Release for a Decade

Out February 26 2016

Waco Brothers are a five-piece, mostly Chicago-based band fronted by Jon Langford (also Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts and Skull Orchard) and consisting of Dean Schlabowske, Joe Camarillo, Tracey Dear and Alan Doughty.

Known for a distinctive brand of blazing punk country and disorderly live performances, the veteran group released seven albums between 1995 (To The Last Dead Cowboy) and 2005 (Freedom and Weep).  Since then, the outfit has a live recording, a joint project with Nashville songwriter Paul Burch, and a b-sides and covers album to its credit.

So, Going Down in History is the group’s first formal studio album for ten years.



Going Down in History captures the thrill and scruffy power twang of the band.  It’s raucous, tight and formidable.

Here’s a taste – the gritty, rolling “Receiver”:



The album opener “DIYBYOB” (Do It Yourself Bring Your Own Beer?**) is full of strident insights and clanging guitars – ‘you can’t kill us, we’re already dead’ and ‘this is the first track from the last album’.

There’s plenty of Black Sabbath distortion in “We Know It” and glorious dissonant rhythm in “Building Our Own Prison”.  A rousing, lift-up-your-voices power cover of The Small Faces’ “All or Nothing,” is a treat (Ian McLagan, The Faces’ keyboardist was close to the Wacos, and the song is dedicated to him).  “Had Enough” revisits The Clash with vitality and attitude while the title track provides a building and forceful pull – ‘you gotta walk before you can fall down on your face’.

“Devil’s Day” has a wonderful invasive riff reminiscent of Television (‘reserve my seat for the devil’s day’) while the album finishes on a high, a cover of Texas songwriter Jon Dee Graham’s “Orphan Song” – ‘I’ll be your Waco Brother for the night’.

Oh, and is this the album cover of the year?!  (I know it’s early!)

In this case you CAN judge a book by its cover…

and the rest, dear reader, is going down in history.



credit: Paul Beaty



Going Down in History Track List

2. We Know It
3. Receiver
4. Building Our Own Prison
5. All or Nothing
6. Had Enough
7. Lucky Fool
8. Going Down in History
9. Devil’s Day
10. Orphan Song


via Bloodshot Records


** Apologies if it’s obvious to you.  I’m an Australian – just trying to work it out!


Read our review The Waco Brothers’ Going Down In History




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  1. I’ve always wanted to see Waco Brothers, and some day I hope I will.
    I did catch another of Langford’s bands, Mekons, about ten years ago. They put on an incredible and mesmerizing show.

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    • With you there. I would love to see the Wacos. Or any Langford incarnation!

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