Do you smell that? No, not your roommate’s disgusting Thanksgiving leftovers. No, not the sweat dripping off your neighbor’s back as they attempt to hang holiday lights. Instead, we’re talking about the smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire because, you know, it’s almost Christmas!
And with it almost being Christmas, you know what that means for our music community: Christmas covers! Yep, that’s right, today both August Burns Red and Creeper have delighted fans with the sounds of two very well-known Christmas songs.
Keeping up their yearly tradition of releasing some sort of Santa-friendly rendition, this year, August Burns Red has decided to cover Wham!’s classic “Last Christmas.”
“This year I sat down with the intention of writing something upbeat, melodic and shredtastic,” says ABR bassist Dustin Davidson. “When I decided to cover ‘Last Christmas,’ I kept in mind that most people only know the chorus of the song. I didn’t want to recreate something word for word, or note by note, so I took the main hook and built a bunch of original ideas around it. The lyrics to Wham!’s 'Last Christmas’ are very sad, so if you’re feeling lonely this holiday season, I hope this cover finds you well.”
As for the UK pop-punk outfit Creeper, off their forthcoming Christmas EP, they have just released a cover of The Pogues’ “Fairytale Of New York.”
“Ever since we were kids, ‘Fairytale of New York’ has always been our favourite Christmas song,” shares the band. “Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl trading insults in the lyrics and the overall sad tone of the song always appealed to us. Having both male and female vocalists, we’ve wanted to cover it for sometime but every Christmas we seemed to be on tour. This year however, we luckily had a gap we could squeeze it into. Alongside this, we had time to also put together ‘Blue Christmas’ and even our own song too. The three songs form something of a miserable Christmas EP which will be released digitally on December 8.”
To check out both August Burns Red and Creeper’s new Christmas classics, be sure to look below.