The death penalty is sure a hot topic these days. Some places like Illinois can't seem to get it right as they keep trying to kill innocents and all. Other places like Florida and Texas run their death rows with assembly line style efficiency. In an effort to kill more people more quickly, both of these states have turned to lethal injection these days instead of the electric chair. Is this the end for ol' Sparky? Not if the Waco Brothers have anything to say about it!
Thankfully when you put on Electric Waco Chair, nobody's gotta die. Back for their fifth record, our favorite anti-death penalty, socialist country rockers are playing Johnny Cash to your condemned Folsom prision lifer. On this record they zap your ass with a bolt of fire worthy of the Big House. But whether you're innocent or guilty you can still be sure that with this electric chair your eyes are gonna bug, the lights are gonna dim and if you don't smell burning flesh its only becuase the smell of booze is too powerful.
Shave your head and get ready cause Jonboy, Deano, Tracy, Alan, Lil' Willy and Durante are gonna fill it up with a few thousand volts of roots rock moxie, punk disgust and country heart. Fourteen electrifying songs later you'll still be begging for the Wacos to strap you in and flip the switch to Electric Waco Chair.
"There are Godís honest chops and songwriting going on here. These songs are soul music for the working man/woman, timeless mediations on Godís existence, the merits of grain alcohol and the cost of a hard dayís labor, melted down with a Southern-fried blowtorch into tasty three-minute kernels of truth." Corey duBrowa, Magnet
"Smart and funny, pissed-off and tender-hearted, the Waco Brothers grabbed alt-countryís moral and musical high ground with 1995 debut, and theyíve never surrendered it. The Wacos connect traditional honky-tonk despair with leftist political analysis for the hardest roots-rock country around." Franklin Soults, CMJ New Music Monthly
"The Wacos have been one of the most thrilling bands around, but the new record finds them growing into a new tightness and a maturity that has nothing to do with getting old. It is the kind of record people will still be responding to years, maybe even decades, from now." Kevin Bicknell, Stomp and Stammer