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With loud, raucous guitars and a bracing sense of personal and political urgency, this raging yet relaxed Chicago-based Mekons spin-off has been lending punk rock an impudent country twang since the '90s. The title's apocalyptic ambiguity carries over into opener "Diybyob," which boasts, "You can't kill us, we're already dead." Linked to a liberating lineage that connects Small Faces to Merle Haggard, the Wacos play for keeps. "Commit to something drastic," advises the muscular title track, as one possible alternative to extinction.


Formed: 1994 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Often described as "Half Cash, half Clash" for their fiery mixture of classic country spirit ("Cash" meaning the Man in Black) and old-school punk energy and defiance, the Waco Brothers were the most successful of the many side projects launched by Jon Langford, one of the founding members of eclectic British punk-and-beyond troublemakers the Mekons. In the '80s, the Mekons began exploring the influences of American country music, which they had discovered while touring the United States, and the...
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