Waco Brothers : Waco Express: Live and Kickin’ at Schuba’s Tavern, Chicago

waco_brothers_live.jpgThere are those who would connect the Waco Brothers to country music. Sure, they wear cowboy hats, play pedal steel guitars, and engage in broken-hearted, tear-in-your-beer song craftsmanship. But, that is where the comparisons end. Especially on their driven disc, Waco Express: Live and Kickin’ at Schuba’s Tavern, Chicago.

Try to think more along the lines of Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys. Waco Brothers are prime punk deliverers and would not be out of place on any Vans Warped Tour stage. Waco Express pounds through with such veracity and deft punches that it almost leaves the listener breathless, the equivalent of recovering from an all-night brawl. Whether it’s on the shuffling stomp of "Red Brick Wall" or the deafening title track, the Waco‘s veer toward a simple chorus, solo, chorus, then break off into a flight filled frenzy of barks, squeals and brash improvisation.

Thank goodness Tim Powell and Metro Mobile were there to capture the ensuing madness at Schuba’s Tavern in December 2006. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be relishing the screams for "punishment, punishment" and ""Cowboy in Flames" off of the bracing recording by the Waco Brothers, Waco Express: Live and Kickin’ at Schuba’s Tavern, Chicago. And, that would be a downright shame.     

Waco Express: Live and Kickin’ at Schuba’s Tavern, Chicago is out now on Bloodshot Records.

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