From listening tirelessly each year to the vocal gymnastics of Mariah Carey’s ‘O Holy Night’, to the nasals (I mean vocals) of Mike Love on ‘Little Saint Nick’, this reviewer’s knowledge of Christmas songs is pretty plain.
So believe me when I say that Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs is a welcome EP for those wanting to break free from the usual corny sound of Christmas. Punk rock isn’t necessarily the biggest stranger to Christmas songs, you wouldn’t expect this from Bad Religion though.
You’d think they’d tackle Christmas with original songs, but they’ve decided to go along the covers route. A surprisingly safe move which proves very comfortable.
At the forefront of the album there lies ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, an entertaining and warm cover. It sets the tone for the rest of the EP, which stays consistent. Granting the gift of loud guitars and sweet vocal harmonies, the band makes it work, especially for tracks such as ‘White Christmas’ and ‘God Rest Ye Gentleman’.
Only the most elite of fans and genre lovers will question this EP, but really, who cares? It’s an easy and accessible outing from Bad Religion.
By Rhys McKenzie