Following yesterday’s astonishing supergroup offering from Brixton Hill Studios and Friends’ #saveourvenues take on ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?‘, we’ll need something pretty special to keep up that sort of momentum. Luckily today we have not one but two fantastic festive tracks to keep the seasonal ball rolling.
As always, the tracks are completely free to to download and there’s no need to sign up to any mailing lists to access the tracks (though if you’d like to you can join ours here), but with the UK’s independent music venues in peril following almost a year of covid restrictions, we’d love you to make a donation to the Music Venue Trust‘s #saveourvenues campaign if you enjoy these tracks. You can make a donation to the fund, or to a specific venue of your choice here.
Oh! Gunquit – High On Xmas
Our first seasonal special comes courtesy of rumble-bop rockabilly Londoners Oh! Gunquit, whose new album Why Haven’t You Watered The Plants? is released today on vinyl and digital download via Bandcamp. We highly recommend that you add it to your Christmas list, but if our word isn’t enough to convince you, perhaps the brassy, surfy stomp of their festive banger ‘High On Xmas’ will be.
The band play a socially distanced album launch show at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney on 5th December – tickets and info here. A second launch event is due to be announced shortly.
The Kecks – Lonely This Christmas
Providing our second slice of seasonal goodwill are Hamburg-based multi-national indie-punks The Kecks, whose version of Mudd’s ‘Lonely This Christmas’, recorded in the German countryside last year, goes some way to answering the question: what would have happened if Elvis had fronted a wide-trousered English novelty glam band in the 1970s. The outcome is even better than whatever it is you have in your head right now.
The Kecks’ latest single ‘All For Me’, released via AWAL at the end of October, garnered praise from the likes of Eddy Temple-Morris, BBC Introducing and Consequences of Sound for its Strokes-esque strut, and was accompanied by a video by Ingo Stahl that sees frontman Lennart Uschmann wandering through a surreal world of strange and fantastic creatures.
Come back tomorrow for more exclusive tracks + check out the tracks from previous windows, all of which are still available to download: