No one blends pointed anthems of rage and disgust with the powers that be, with beer-soaked, good-time country/rock as well as the Waco Brothers. Having three dynamic lead singers--Tracey Dear, Dean Schlabowske and the inimitable Jon Langford of The Mekons--gives the band a triple-barreled threat. Langford has evolved into a key figure in the American music scene, one capable of expressing a whole range of complex localized emotions and issues--not bad for a Brit.
Eerily, the Waco Brothers and Freedom and Weep may be the perfect band and perfect release for the post-Hurricane Katrina world we now live in. With songs overflowing with eloquent and tuneful rage against Team Bush, corporate carpetbaggers and morally corrupt opportunists, it sounds like a prequel to a disaster about to happen. Listen up, people: Resistance is possible, and you can also dance to it. "If you think you're getting screwed, join the club / If you're sick and tired of being used, join the club." Amen.