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A Santa Cause: It’s A Punk Rock Christmas - Vol 2

It's A Punk Rock Xmas: Vol 2

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

CHRISTMAS time, mistletoe and wine, endless replays of Sir Cliff and Slade singing the oldest festive rhymes… or so you thought.

Anyone who likes to indulge in a little festive music playing but who has grown tired of the usual suspects would be well advised to check out A Santa Cause: It’s A Punk Rock Christmas – Vol 2, a trendy collection of new and old favourites, as played by some of America’s top punk bands.

You might not have heard of bands like Morningwood, The Finals and Scary Kids Scaring Kids but they’re interpretations of Last Christmas, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and All I Want For Christmas succeed in putting an altogether hipper spin on the usual sickly sweet renditions of such timeless recordings.

The album is a 22-track blend of old classics with a punk twist and new festively themed songs written by the bands themselves – most of which deliver a genuinely thrilling surprise.

Dave Mellilo gets things rolling with a lively take on All I Want For Christmas before The Format come over all old-school rock and roll for Holly Jolly Christmas, another album highlight.

There’s some head-shaking fun to be found in It Dies Today’s Feliz Navidad, while the likes of Hot Rod Circuit and June breathe new life into Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and A Wonderful Christmas Time.

Best of all, however, is MC Lars inspired delivery of Gary The Green Nosed Raindeer, which offers a hilarious and timely update on the Rudolf legend, crazily incorporating Osama bin Laden and current world politics into the children’s tale. It really has to be heard to be believed but you’ll be pressing repeat long into the New Year!

So go on, be a little daring, get a little trendy and let these American punk rock bands blow off the cobwebs from the usual festive releases. It’ll rock your festive world in a good way.

Track Listing:

  1. Dave Mellilo – All I Want For Christmas
  2. Tyler Read – New Year
  3. The Format – Holly Jolly Christmas
  4. It Dies Today – Feliz Navidad
  5. Spitalfield – It’s Cold Out There
  6. Meg & Dia – Joey Had A Smoke
  7. Down To Earth Approach – Stay
  8. Daphne loves derby – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  9. Hot Rod Circuit – Happy Xmas (War is Over)
  10. June – A Wonderful Christmas Tree
  11. A change of Pace – Christmas On The Coast
  12. The Finals – Last Christmas
  13. Far-Less – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  14. MC Lars – Gary The Green Nosed Raindeer
  15. Umbrellas – O, Holy Night
  16. Haste the Day – O’ Come Emanuel
  17. Rediscover – Not Giving In
  18. Brandston – Christmas In Ohio
  19. Action Action – Father Christmas
  20. Brazil – Cities Made Of Snow
  21. Flee the Scene – Blue Xmas
  22. Gone By Daylight – Tell Me Is It Christmas