The Myrrhderers ‘Sleigh Christmas’ Album:
For these all there preferring a not-so-silent evening, The Myrrhderers is with a kick to the mistletoe, they usually inform HL about their amped-up debut vacation report, ‘Sleigh Christmas.’
Although shops have been placing out Santas and enjoying Christmas music lengthy earlier than Halloween was over, right now – December 27, aka “the day after Thanksgiving” – formally kicks off the Winter vacation season. It’s usually a time of “peace on earth,” however in any case that’s gone down these 12 months, the outdated Christmas classics aren’t going to chop it. Enter The Myrrhderers, coming all the way in which from the North Pole to down your chimney – or by your lounge window – with their debut, The Myrrhderers Sleigh Christmas.
The Myrrhderers (pronounced “The Murderers”) is a trio of stalwarts from the North Pole unground music scene – Al Frankincense, Invoice Myrrhey, and Elliott Gold – they usually have simply delivered a bundle filled with red-and-green punk rock. Over the 12:33 minutes of Sleigh Christmas, this supergroup remodels some vacation classics — like “Have Your Self A Merry Little Christmas,” “Deck The Halls,” and their debut single, “God Relaxation Ye Merry Gents” – into exhilarating explosions of yuletide pleasure. It’s the proper soundtrack for that skate video you’ll make after you unwrap that Flip skateboard deck for Christmas (or Hannukah.)
For these fearful in regards to the destiny of their favorite Christmas tune, you’ll be able to sleep simply whereas sugarplums dance in your head. Although The Myrrhderers deliver the vitality on Sleigh Christmas, their love of those songs is honest, and thus, the tracks lean extra “Good” than “Naughty.” Whereas the vocals on “God Relaxation Ye Merry Gents” harken again to early ‘90s hardcore (suppose Poison Thought’s “Plastic Bomb,” or the Indignant Snowmans’ model), The Myrrhderers Sleigh Christmas needs to be on every child’s Christmas (play)record this 12 months.
If that wasn’t adequate, the band will drop their second launch, The Myrrhderers Sleigh Some Extra, on December 11. Elliot Gold of the band talked EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife over e-mail (calls to the North Pole have been nonetheless costly, and issues have been a bit too busy this time of 12 months to Zoom) in regards to the new undertaking, their upcoming follow-up, and the one music that The Myrrhderers gained’t cowl.
HollywoodLife: How did The Myrrhderers come about? AKA what’s the band’s official origin story?
Elliot Gold: We’re all pals from the North Pole punk and steel scene. I (Elliott Gold) play in Prancid, Al Frankincense performs in Lifeless Kringles and Invoice Myrrhrey performs in Sleigher. For the final decade or so we’ve been getting collectively yearly doing punk and hardcore carol singalongs. We figured it’s time to truly report our variations of the songs.
Your first launch, The Myrrhderers Sleigh Christmas, arrived on Nov. 20. You then observe it with The Myrrhderers Sleigh Christmas on Dec. 11. Why did you do two releases as a substitute for 1? Is it a case of “extra is best?”
I as soon as heard a legendary sitcom star say he doesn’t make motion pictures as a result of he thinks comedy works higher in 22-minute chunks. I feel that’s true. Most comedy motion pictures are humorous for a few half-hours and after that, it’s laborious to maintain laughing so lengthy. We’re not a comedy band, however, I feel we work on a few of identical ideas. We attempt to defy expectations and shock folks, which hopefully makes them smile, and even snicker. However, that works greatest in spurts of 5 or 6 songs. Parsing it outlets folks take it in additional simply digestible bites.
Is there a Christmas/vacation music that you simply’ll by no means cowl? Some suppose that nobody can do “All I Need For Christmas Is You” higher than Mariah Carey. Or is all the pieces honest sport?
Oh, it by no means must be higher – it simply must be distinctive and true to the artist masking it. I feel My Chemical Romance did an incredible job making that music their very own. The primary query is, can you set a brand new twist on music that nobody else has considered – one thing that makes the listener see the music from a unique approach.
One music does come to thoughts for us although. We tried, however couldn’t consider a brand new twist to placed on “Silent Evening” as a result of the Dickies already nailed a punk model in 1978. They put such an incredible twist on it, that we couldn’t consider something so as to add. However by no means say by no means – we’re nonetheless attempting to think about one thing.
There’s an extended historical past of punk vacation music – from the Bollocks To Christmas to the Ramones “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Need To Struggle Tonight)” to The Vandals’ Oi To The World to bands just like the Indignant Snowmans and Missile Toads. Why do you suppose punk rock Christmas music works so properly?
Yeah, it’s a bit stunning that it really works. I feel, for one, loads of Christmas songs are simply actually well-constructed foolish songs – and that positively gels with punk. However yeah, the truth that the non-secular songs additionally work (a few of the time) is absolutely attention-grabbing. One factor that’s nice about these songs is that they’re tremendous imagery-heavy, and sometimes inform a narrative, and focus much less on dogma. And I assume they do even have some themes that work properly with punk. The theme of poverty involves thoughts.
May you have a favorite non-punk Christmas music?
I’ve at all times liked Andy Williams’ model of “Do You Hear What I Hear.” The background vocals are so tender and haunting.
What do The Myrrhderers need their Secret Santa(s) to get them these 12 months?
All we would like for Christmas is the flexibility to stuff ourselves in a membership with a bunch of individuals and sing these songs collectively. Hopefully, by the subsequent 12 months, we’ll be capable of doing this once more.