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Waco Brothers Compile Political Anthems for New Album ‘Resist’

Chicago-based country punks’ latest bundles songs from across their 25-year discography

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Waco Brothers' political songs have been compiled for the new album 'Resist.'

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Chicago-based and U.K.-born country-punk rockers Waco Brothers are assembling some of their most pointed political anthems for the new compilation album Resist. Set for release February 28th, the album includes tracks previously unavailable on vinyl in the United States.

Resist features songs from across the discography of the Waco Brothers, formed by Mekons leader Jon Langford to focus on more country-oriented music. “Plenty Tough Union Made,” “Bad Times Are Coming Round Again” and “$ Bill the Cowboy” originally appeared on the band’s 1995 Bloodshot Records debut To the Last Dead Cowboy. Other tracks have been pulled from the albums Cowboy in Flames, Do You Think About Me, Electric Waco Chair, New Deal, and Freedom and Weep. There’s also a cover of Sonny Curtis’ “I Fought the Law” from the 2005 Bloodshot compilation For a Decade of Sin.

Resist will be available on 180-gram red vinyl and digital download, and pre-orders can be placed now via Bloodshot Records.

Waco Brothers latest studio album, Going Down in History, was released in 2016, while the Mekons released their latest, Deserted, in 2019. Last week, Langford and the Waco Brothers performed on the fifth annual Outlaw Country Cruise, where they were joined by reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Resist track listing:

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  1. “Blink of an Eye”
  2. “Lincoln Town Car”
  3. “I Fought the Law”
  4. “Plenty Tough Union Made”
  5. “Fast Train Down”
  6. “See Willy Fly By”
  7. “No Heart”
  8. “$ Bill the Cowboy”
  9. “Never Real”
  10. “Revolution Blues”
  11. “New Deal Blues”
  12. “Bad Times Are Coming Round Again”

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