Tis the season to be burnt out by Christmas music on indefinite rotation, right? I know we only have like 2 weeks left of this, but every year seemingly becomes more challenging for me to stomach. Hang in there folks.
Now if you happen to have kids as I do, repeating Christmas music intensifies to levels that can bring someone to the edge of insanity. Seriously, I am at wit’s end with some of the tunes my son demands be played over and over especially when covered by off-key kids who probably were never compensated for their efforts in singing about a certain bullied reindeer.
Luckily, there are plenty of punk bands out there keeping me sane with their renditions and original songs about the holiday season that help ease the pain. I do my best to sneak them in to daily rotation so my kids can appreciate what their old man is into. Current favorites by my kids include Bad Religion and MXPX and I am totally ok with that.
It really seems especially this year there were quite a few releases by punk bands with holiday themed tunes, but one particular release caught my attention in a good, good way and has turned into my current holiday favorite.
The release I speak of is actually a split by Ramoms and Dad Brains called Merry Xmas. Put out recently by Pirates Press Records, this split encompasses everything a punk parent could appreciate during a stressful time of the year from more than one level. Satire and spirit for all to embellish is the best distraction.
Ramoms, as you guessed, are an all Mom punk Ramones cover band from the Philadelphia area. These ladies
may not have full band credentials (I was totally mistaken and apologize – see comment below!) and are incredibly passionate about punk rock and more so with their kiddos.
Dad Brains is an all Dad hardcore band from California. Featuring former members of No Motiv, The Missing 23rd, Creep Division, and The F-ing Wrath, it’s safe to say this side project is not a total joke.
Ramoms took the classic “Chinese Rock” by the beloved Heartbreakers and turned it into “Lego Blocks”. As a parent, Lego blocks can entertain kids for hours as well as cause some serious damage to feet in the evening, so I really appreciated this song.
Keeping true to their passion and reasoning to form a band, Ramoms also provided a great cover of the classic “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” by the Ramones. Gritty and poppy, I am sure Joey would have approved.
“It’s Christmas Time” was a hilarious holiday spin-off of the classic Suicidal Tendencies track “Institutionalized” by Dad Brains. You know you are in for something good when Cousin Eddie is quoted at the beginning of a track. Substituting La Croix for Pepsi, it was spot on when it came to modern day holiday feelings and woes. That last line though, “it doesn’t matter, I’ll probably go to Costco anyway” had me rolling.
“Grinch” was modernized by Dad Brains to have the hairy green Dr. Seuss character antagonizing at a local show. I especially loved the nod to Ill Repute and Tony Cortez.
This EP seriously is great and had me chuckling a few times and easily could be the perfect gift for your punk parent of choice this holiday season.
Check out some of the tracks below and if you like what you hear, throw some cash their way and download it or better yet, head to Pirates Press Records and buy the wax before it sells out!