OK, got some more for yah.
Here’s a couple of unsigned artists with very different takes on the Christmas theme. The first is happy party time in a ska stylee. The second is melancholy, and dark, in a wonderful way.
CHRISTMAS EVE (I WANT TO SPEND IT WITH YOU)
I was just told about this one by Ian Skeg Seymour, who is a massive supporter of unsigned bands.
He tells me they are an amazing, upbeat, ska band.
One for me to check out in future no doubt. Meanwhile this is a pretty cool piece of Christmas music for all to enjoy.
Hannah and the Gent The Christmas e.p. 2013
I’ve written at length about the wonderful “Sound of the Sirens” and here is a four track e.p. from an artist going by the name of “Hannah and the Gent” which is a duo featuring Hannah Wood of S.O.T.S. and Tony Lock (who is new to me) Tony is apparently connected with something called One Umbrella Music, which looks very much like something I should check out at a later date.
I love this but I warn you, most of the tracks on this e.p. are quite dark and twisted.
“Jingle Bells” is as far from the cheerful sleigh ride song from which it is largely derived as it could be.
“Just Isn’t Christmas” has all the sentiment of Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues but without the rousing uptempo ribaldry.
The harmonies are deliberately off kilter, and are the perfect antidote to an overdose of overenthusiastic cheerfulness caused by excessive Cliff Richard, and Bing Crosby. Only “Join Hands and Sing for Christmas”
However, I do know of at least one Christmas song that is even darker, and more twisted than any of these.
If I can find it to embed for you I will do so, but I am not sure it is out there.
OK, I have found it. If you are feeling brave ….
it’s here for you.