White Cowbell Oklahoma Viva Live Locos: Alive at The Burg Herzberg Festival

White Cowbell Oklahoma Viva Live Locos: Alive at The Burg Herzberg Festival
Primal, pelvic and almost perverted, witnessing Toronto, ON's White Cowbell Oklahoma perform is akin to the first time someone told you there are sick people who have sex with animals ― and then made you watch. A randy assault of sordid behaviour and theatrics mixed with guttural tunes culled from greasy '70s rock adoration, their three studio albums are as inimitable as they are indelibly anthemic. Still, nothing beats the feel of a live gig, as this document readily proves. Recorded during the band's 2006 headlining gig at the prestigious Burg Herzberg Festival in Europe, WCO decimate with explosive enthusiasm, seamless delivery and commanding poise. From the rousing chant-along of opener "San Antone," through the racing pace of "Cheerleader," "Koko Girl," with its shuffling plod, and a driving take on Muddy Waters' "I Just Want to Make Love to You," the band's excitement at being a part of something so legendary and massive is tangible during every second of this performance. While many live albums are pointless, Viva Live Locos is merited, asserting that while these goons are clearly enthralling, creative and engaging live, without the visual spectacle, they're just as commanding. (Slick Monkey/Universal)