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Waco Express: Live & Kickin' at Schuba's Tavern

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Full of shout-along manifestos and strident tomfoolery from each of their seven studio albums, Waco Express lives up to the mandate given to the mastering engineer to "err on the side of massive and fierce and overwhelming." Fifteen years later, the problem has gotten nothing but worse, with one shilling for cruise lines and luxury cars and the other blathering on with a jingoistic fervor not seen since "Remember the Maine!" We need the Wacos now more than ever. Critical darlings since their unleashing, featuring a scribe-ready lineup of members from the Mekons, Jesus Jones, Wreck and others, as well as a genre-bending fearlessness, The Waco Brothers have always saved their best for the stage. The live shows, particularly at SXSW and CMJ, are events of genuine reverence for their 'leave it all out there-this should be FUN! dammit'convictions.

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It s a potent mix, the headlong rush alongside well-worn skill, the half-drunken banter next to razor sharp social commentary, and it comes across as unstudied, no, as a force of nature in this uniformly excellent CD. The only problem with this album is that it reminds you, like a kick in the head, that you should have been at this show, instead of only hearing it second hand. That s the acid test for the best concert recordings, and Waco Express passes easily. --PopMatters

While they've never risen above cult-hero status, this superbly recorded live document will leave you wondering why ... the band is sh*t hot [and] they serve up all killer, no filler. --No Depression

This collection of songs is strong enough to sub for the Waco Brothers Greatest Hits album that in a better world would be filling an end cap at a newly unionized Wal-Mart. --All Music Guide

An exploding pattern of low guitar sparks makes a sound so hard you can almost touch it. A lot of good nights out don't give you that much to take home, that much to keep you awake. --Greil Marcus, Interview

The studio versions may be better for grasping the populist lyrics and the singalong melodies that link punk and country, but the live recordings magnify the adrenalized fervor of a Saturday night that also unites the two genres. --Washington Post


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 4, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • ASIN: B00128UTYG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
"I've never been able to find a live band in New York as consistently thrilling and funny and fun as the Waco Brothers." -- Sarah Vowel, author. Take the Cannoli : Stories From the New World

"As Langford cracks 'I'm a barrel full of laughs with my carbine on,' you can almost feel his boot whiffing past your nose." -- Northwest Herald

"The studio versions may be better for grasping the populist lyrics and the singalong melodies that link punk and country, but the live recordings magnify the adrenalized fervor of a Saturday night that also unites the two genres." -- Washington Post

"Everything here is bristling with energy, righteous anger and driving, emphatic rock'n'roll." -- Iowa City Press Citizen

"The band's songbook is filled with political parables fused to a lost highway aesthetic and loads of black humor... pass the bottle and turn up the jukebox." -- Time Out Chicago

"What makes the band a force to behold live is their refusal of subtlety. With three lead singers, a three-guitar lineup and a punk rock rhythm section, the band commits at a high level and rarely relents." -- The Daily Herald

"The Wacos infuse lefty outrage into rollicking roots songs that lambaste Bush, Christian conservatives, commercial radio, and society in general enough to please any political hardcore band." -- Onion A.V. Club AV CLUB - Funny T-shirt from The Onion's AV Club

"[C]ountry as it should be written and played, with a long memory for roadhouse honky-tonks rather than TV-ready music videos." - Ken Tucker, NPR's Fresh Air pop music critic and Editor-at-Large at Entertainment Weekly
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve O'Connell on January 20, 2014
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if your a fan and have seen the Waco Brothers, this older show will please you. Yes it is country with a punch.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jay Boco on June 6, 2008
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I like the Waco Brothers. I truly do. In fact., I tend to like all of Jon Langford's alter egos. (e.g. Pine Valley Cosmonauts; Mekons). "Freedom and Weep" is still in my highest rotation storage location.

That said there is no reason to listen to this. It is absolutely unremarkable. I've tried it cruising down the interstate. I've tried blasting it in my music room. I've had it on as background music. I tried all of those methods to see if there was reason to keep listening.

Nope.

It's not annoyingly unlistenable. It's just dull. I keep my cds in three locations. Those that I've put in boxes I'll most likely never listen to again. This disc has been boxed but a couple of weeks after the first listen.
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