Welcome to the jubilee of a degenerate rock family. Take off your boots and step into household slippers, munch on a candy-cane, or glare out the frosty windowpanes. Whatever you opt for, make yourself at home. The guests are here, celebrating the release of Happy Holidays, I Miss You.
Take a seat next to In Her Own Words at the head of the table. This places you within earshot of the enthusiastic but resentful speech from a festering cousin. Revel in the deep understanding of “Yule Shoot Your Eye Out,” as the truth comes out and you second the motion. You each would prefer a certain someone wasn’t in attendance. The resentful behavior of this pop-punk Scrooge is forgivable due to the charisma emitting from this track. Say what you must, dear cousin, because your charm exonerates your reputable ways, and my goodness, you sound fantastic.
Chase Huglin blends into the reunion with a voice that creates a safe space distant from crowd anxiety. “Christmas Eve/Pierceton Queen” is the lush comforts of the holidays morphed into an audio format.
Hotel Books spews poetic rage in “Christmas Eve Until I Leave.” This is the night’s cutting call out to materialistic and misguided Christmas spirits.
“Down Patton Hill (Christmas ’85)” silences the chaos with JT Woodruff’s vocals. The softened guitar plucking is dance of loss and dreams. Misty-eyes, warm feelings, and bittersweet cheer fill the track and expose humbling sentiment of the holidays.
Woven in Hiatus is thrilled by the holiday décor. Their aptly-named track, “Joy,” is the honest satisfaction to family interaction. True acoustic gratefulness accompanies a favorite ugly Christmas sweater with a warm flush and a jolly laugh.
Mark Rose chucks you on the shoulder with “chin-up kid” advice. His knowing words of wisdom of “It Won’t Be Long Now” echo in the soul as he fixes the brilliant star atop the tree. All while donning a rhythmic sway and a patient demeanor.
Then enters Convictions, belligerently waving a frosted beer mug. This drunken family member is secretly your favorite. The rawness of “Memories in the Attic” strike an authentic chord. There won’t be fake plastered smiles as screams of loss and high octave singing refuse to disregard how it used to be.
Where there is a hostile family member, invariably there exists a counterpart. Mirror Eyes soothes the disorder with a voice of powder snow. You’ll find her kneeling at the foot of the Christmas tree, shimmying the gifts in hopes of one wish coming true: the company of true love. “Of all the Charlie Browns in the World, I’m the Charlie Browniest” is the reminder of what this season truly signifies.
There’s always a laughing party-goer who just prefers a good time. Forget mournful sentiment for one moment, pause the grudges of history. Punchline wants the party started and illustrates this with “I Always See You in December.” This celebratory audio is happy to see you and is the perfect carol to extend the cheer.
In the wingback chair sits September Stories. The party passes by mutely as if the world has stopped outside the deep thoughts behind the brooding eyes of “Christmas ’12.” Lost in memories and staring into the stocking adorned fire, in a moment that says, “Remember when?”
Final goodbyes and farewell hugs end the festivities. Courage My Love gives waves of au revoir with the falsetto tradition of “Last Christmas.”
Don your nightcaps to dream of sugarplums and Fendor guitars. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a bad ass night.
Free download/pay what you want via BandCamp. All money raised through BandCamp until New Years day will be donated in honor of In Her Own Words’ vocalist’s brother.
Also available on iTunes.