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New Deal



The Wacos find fresh ways to gleefully and despondently tell it like it is--the warts, the injustice, and the crushed dreams--without batting an eye or spilling a drop.

Full Description

What often gets lost in the steamy, sozzled aftermath of a Waco Brothers show is that the Wacos have produced a body of work that is consistently innovative and wildly entertaining, loud and literate, personal and political. Few bands can so fearlessly embrace such a broad range of influences, throw them into the Waco-izer, and emerge with fresh ways to gleefully and despondently tell it like it is--the warts, the injustice, and the crushed dreams--without batting an eye or spilling a drop.

With a sound that cannot be categorized (why is it back in the day Neil Young could throw some lap steel at you or the Stones could cop some fiddle action and it all got called rock?), and a public so inured by the tepid slop flooding the airwaves, New Deal may still need a miracle to change the world.   Check out that roadhouse groove and punchy horns of "Poison," or the one-two step punk of "Blink of an Eye," just two songs that are scathing lyrically but danceable as hell.  Deano sings the obscure December/May romance novelty by the Milo Twins "Johnson To Jones" and the husky train-beat punk of "New Deal Blues."  And manifesto rave ups like "AFC Song" beg a closing time singalong (AFC = Alcohol, Freedom and a Country song, by the way.)

More than anyone, though, the Wacos realize that in a world where we have so little power, so small a voice against the forces of homogenization and corportate malfeasance, sometimes the only thing you can control is to make sure you catch the eye of the bartender before last call is over.

Who says you can't whistle on the way to the gallows?

JOhnson To Jones
Blink of an Eye
New Deal Blues

Short Description
  • Tunes that marry the manic twang of Bakersfield with lyrics that sport a decidedly Brit-punk approach.

    — Pulse
  • If the Clash were the 'only band that mattered,' the Wacos sometimes seem the only band to recall what that matter was--furious scrutiny, not just a guitar sound and a snarl.

    — The Globe and Mail
  • New Deal finds the loose and ragged band in high spirits, with guitars and pedal steel a-blazing on some of their best songs yet. Sometimes the Wacos suggest a horseback-borne Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones.

    — Washington Post
  • The Waco Brothers are as dependable as any act in rock when it comes to delivering the goods. Every album is full of songs loosely divided into two categories: those about drinking and lonliness, and those about murder and politics. New Deal is no exception.

    — The Hartford Courant
  • The Wacos hammer out populist anthems for a blue collar world of dwindling wages and dead-end possibilities. They have been turning politics into party music for years--no small trick in a strangely apathetic era--and now their message and music are more necessary than ever.

    — Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

Track List

  • 1. Poison
  • 2. No Heart
  • 3. In the Honky Tonk Shadows
  • 4. Johnson to Jones
  • 5. Blink of an Eye
  • 6. New Moon
  • 7. Better Everyday
  • 8. Just No Way
  • 9. AFC Song
  • 10. New Deal Blues
  • 11. I'm A Ghost
  • 12. The Lie


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