25 Years of Punk Rock in Waco
When Keep Waco Loud first heard of a “25 Years of Waco Punk Rock” CD being released at a small venue in Elm Mott, we knew right away we had to go.
I asked a few friends of mine to tag along and we found ourselves at American Legion. It’s not your standard Waco venue, to say the least, but dammit, it has a lot of heart.
The few photos I took didn’t do it justice, so I subsequently decided not to share. It needs to be experienced in person. When first arriving, you go down a long driveway through a section of woods which was reminiscent of arriving at old house parties. Then, when you walk in, you get a dance hall / cafeteria vibe. The bar was populated by Vets who were very welcoming of the punk music that took over its space that night. It is a quintessential “dive bar supreme” (to say the very least), and it was pretty spectacular. Special shout out to the cheap alcohol served in red Solo cups.
TRACKLIST FROM 25 YEARS OF WACO PUNK ROCK:
RING - Aloha Friday
GIVE GOD A CHANCE - Hypocritz
DEAD DUCK - American Culture Experiments
MY BRIGHTENED EYES - Korc74
WITH FROM AT - Mark Needs a Chick
CALVARY - The Paperclip Pirates
DECEMBER - Decibelz
A FOND FAREWELL - ADD
KISS ME - Well Inside Out
SLUSHMONKEY - Koda
SEEK AND DESTROY - Garage 34
SCHOOLICDE - The Faction
GODLESS AT THE WORKBENCH - Release the Controls
REVOLUTION - Lint
FEELINGS - Dorks For Hire
WAY OF THE DRAGON - NPR
SUPERMAN - Alico
VAMPIRES - Fallout
WHAT I CRAVE - Texas Casket Company
ROTTING AWAY - Property of Steve
IT’S BEEN FUN - Throw It Down Betty
PRETTY ONES - B Movie Victims
MAUSOLEUM - The Makeshifts
MAD SCIENTIST - Doppelganger 65
STRANGER - Angels of Mercy
Overall, the CD was pretty glorious. However, my personal top 5 (in no particular order) are: Dead Duck, Godless at the Workbench, Superman, Rotting Away, and With From At. The CD overall is collaborative, bigger than itself, but still maintains its raw underground feel that gives it a strong layer of authentic charm.
I was able to speak to the guy himself who put the CD together, Kris Hunter. He had plenty to say on the history of punk music in Waco, including a very interesting backstory to their practice space that I hope to get to dive deeper into with him. Shout out to his daughter who attended the show and gave a pretty damn good speech on why we should buy the CD (“they have bills to pay, man”).
HERE you will find a link to the online streaming of all 25 songs (which you can currently pre-save on Spotify).
Kris also wrote a really awesome 6 part saga on the punk rock past in Waco that you can find below along with some pretty great photos. The piece provides a lot of context for some of the older songs. Do yourself a favor and read the saga immediately after listening to the CD.