WACO (pronounced as in Waco, Texas) are an anarchic band from London. Their version of rock ‘n roll is one laced with metaphysics, conspiracy theories and spirituality, which makes them oddballs in both the rock world and the punk scene.
Following the release of first single, The Jersey Devil – which was backed by airplay from Dan P Carter and Planet Rock – Levenshulme Lover was released on the 9th July 2019. Displaying the wonderful lyrics and melodies of frontman Jak backed up by the riotous alt rock of Tom, Welshy and bassist Chris, who passed away in late 2018.
This is what Jak has to say about the track – An anthem for the lovesick. Cheap liquor, lamentation and dreams of alternate realities are all part of said lovesickness. We filmed the video last summer and it features our late bassist, Chris, in all his grace and glory. We miss you, brother.
Chris pictured below in 2018 with band members.
The forthcoming album, Human Magic– released in late 2019.
WACO are a breath of fresh cosmic air – ambitious, creative and wonderfully weird friends. They’ve always done things in their own way – whether it’s preaching a warped gospel on the streets of central London or gallivanting around a desert dressed as cosmic nomads. With this in mind, it’s no wonder they collect heads and hearts wherever they go.
The band have already received support from the likes of Dan Carter on Radio 1 and Zane Lowe. They supported Juliette and the Licks across Europe as well as supports with Slavesin the UK. They are also signed to USA label Standby Records.
WACO are set to announce UK tour for the end of the year. The band have recruited friend James Robinson to step in as bass player following the tragic death of original bass player Chris in late 2018.
WACO are: Jak (Lead vocals, guitar), Tom (Guitar, vox), Welshy (drums, vox) and James (Bass, vox) The singles and album feature the playing of the late Chris on bass and vocals.
The band welcome in new bassist, James, pictured below.
I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot!
My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!'
The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;)
Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!