Waco Brothers and Paul Burch: Great Chicago Fire (Bloodshot)

 |   |  <1 min read

Waco Brothers w Paul Burch: Great Chicago Fire
Waco Brothers and Paul Burch: Great Chicago Fire (Bloodshot)

Sounding like uncles who grew up on country-punk, Joe Ely's Texas rebel rock and some early Seventies Stones albums, the rootsy but rocking Waco Brothers here pull few surprises out of those influences but deliver an album which will raise a knowing smirk when the Keith Richards' riffs kick in (Wrong Side of Love) or they deliver rather silly countrified lyrics ("I'm like a rusty gate on your front yard hanging on by one hinge" on Give In).

All this is barroom rock good time entertainment and they certainly have those some considered moments (the more serious Tex-Mex ballad On the Sly which sounds a little like Mick Jagger in country mode) and even a rather natty rewrite of Sir Douglas Quintet's Sixties hit Mendocino (on Monterey).

But this music and this band are doubtless best enjoyed in their natural home (the bar which provides the ambient noise at the start of the hokey Someone That You Know?)

They close with Dylan's Hard Rain's Gonna Fall as filtered through I'm a Man/early Animals, inna country-rock style.

Like the idea of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

Tim - Jul 20, 2012

What makes the Waco Brothers that bit more interesting for me is that they were formed by Jon Langford of the truly wonderful Mekons. Langford moved from punk to country (didn't many of us?) and the band have put out several albums -some great, some instantly forgettable. The team up with Paul Burch (WPA Ballclub founder) sounds like a "good idea at the time" spawned over too many whiskeys at the local honky tonk, but worth checking out both outfits back catalogue for some less stolid fare.

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

The Changing Same: The Changing Same (Powertools)

The Changing Same: The Changing Same (Powertools)

Mainman here is Hamilton-based Matthew Bannister, formerly of Flying Nun's Sneaky Feelings and Dribbling Darts of Love, onetime Mutton Bird, briefly a solo artist as One Man Bannister, and more... > Read more

F in Math: Couch (Flying Nun)

F in Math: Couch (Flying Nun)

The witty nom de disque here belongs to Michael Logie, former bassist with New Zealand's Mint Chicks who makes some steps as a solo artist working with computers, electrobeat and processed vocals.... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

MARK RUTLEDGE INTERVIEWED (2014): Large scale rock'n'roll art

MARK RUTLEDGE INTERVIEWED (2014): Large scale rock'n'roll art

Every month the popular British music magazine Mojo commissions an artist to do the illustration which accompanies their lead review. Among the big names whose work has appeared there have been... > Read more

Various Artists: Australia and New Zealand Womad 2014 Compilation (Cartell)

Various Artists: Australia and New Zealand Womad 2014 Compilation (Cartell)

And here, over 16 diverse tracks, is your useful backgrounder to just some of the artists appearing at the forthcoming Womad festivals across Ausralia and New Zealand. Needless to say, like the... > Read more