The Waco Brothers have known for 20 years now that alt-country and first wave British punk are perfect bedfellows in terms of visceral raw emotion, both lyrically and musically. Hell, Joe Strummer knew that too—just listen to his work with the Mescaleros—so the Wacos have been successfully following this fruitful path for nearly a quarter of a century. On 26 February 2016, the band returns with their first full studio album in 10 years, Going Down in History, a title that justifiably refers to their groundbreaking music.
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Legendary English pop band Squeeze released a new album, Cradle to the Grave, on November 27th and it’s their highest charting UK release to date, entering the charts at #12. Just goes to show that pop masters’ talents never dim and the record displays the band’s patented combination of memorable melodies and clever lyrics.
San Antonio, Texas’ El Campo is an alt-country band that blends emo/high lonesome country vocals with killer harmonies, fast-flowing banjo rolls and a bit of steel guitar for good measure. The band formed in 2013, but they sound like they’ve been playing together for 10 years as they are a super tight and accomplished group of musicians. Jerid Reed Morris’ vocals are superb and memorable, making for a great frontman.
El Campo is releasing a new 7-inch EP, “Skinny Kids/Sloe-Eyed”, in January and heading out on a national tour in February. Based on the new song we premiere today, “Skinny Kids”, El Campo should be facing full houses and a packed festival schedule come summer.
Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Alexander Lynch is set to release his debut recording, Love Lives EP this month. Utilizing haunting space and texture to offset his emotive, melancholic crooning, Lynch wraps his vocals in a darkly cinematic sheen of electronics heavily indebted to the sound and feel of contemporary downtempo R&B. Earlier this year Lynch released the mesmeric “Missing Me” and ethereal “Snow White”, both of which appear on Love Lies.
“It took us about a year to make this record,” say Lynch. “It represents the last two years of my life personally. It’s an album of reflection and regret. But the process of writing and producing this EP is what made it the best and most challenging time as an artist I’ve had.”
Singer-songwriter Darius Holbert releases his new album under the name DARIUSTX today, and you can stream V. The Angels of Goliad in its entirety below. As you’ll hear, he serves up a high-energy, adventurous yet soulful take on Americana, bolstered by sumptuous guest vocals by Nicole Britton and Caroline Wilson.