Jagger Holly Releases Tongue In Cheek Christmas LP, “It’s Christmas Somewhere” Out Now on Monster Zero Records

Release Date: 11/15/2019

Format: Digital and physical

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Location: 

  • Innsbruck, Austria. The band includes members from The Spastic Hearts (USA) DeeCracks (Austria) and On My Arms (Italy) 

Current Lineup:

  • Jagger Holly- Vocals/Bass
  • Darby McCartney- Guitar/Vocals
  • Izzy Adler- Drums

Favorite Tracks: Christmas In Hawaii, What Do You Want For Christmas?, Santa Baby, All Alone On Christmas, 

Sounds Like: Stray The Course, The Queers, Came And Took It, Neon Bone, Lost Love, Latte+, Lawrence Arms, Flatliners, Nerdlinger, and Teenage Bottlerocket


What happened to the crazy Christmas videos from the 70s, 80s, 90’s? They say video killed the radio star, did internet streaming kill the video star? Actually MTv pretty much killed itself by switching over to a reality TV format. This started way before internet streaming became the popular format. So I thought in the spirit of Christmas and that of Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere”. I’d revisit some ghosts of Christmas past before checking out the new Jagger Holly release. 

Let’s start things off with the The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight). Next to FEAR’s. “Fuck Christmas” this is by far one of my favorite Christmas videos. The popular school of thought is Joey wrote this for his current girlfriend at the time Linda Ramone. We may never know, but the legal battle over the Ramones copyright continues today.

Another favorite Christmas video of mine is RUN DMC – “Christmas In Hollis”. Not only is the video hilarious; but the song proved that rap could create some excellent seasonal tunes.

Last but number one in my book overall, The Pogues – “Fairytale Of New York”. This controversial song reminds us that not all is happy and joyous.

This review is not really about any of the songs above, but they are all about Christmas. Since the rise 90’s punk. The amount of covers and originals are endless. So how is, Jagger Holly – “Somewhere It’s Christmas” in 3 words, A TOTAL BLAST! The intro track, “Ghost Of Christmas Past”, pays homage to the classic setting up the rest of the album. Personally I’d throw in some hits from the over consumed, People Corrupting People’s album, “White Elephant”. 

“Christmas in Hawaii” is next and comes in with some surf like chords while paying tribute to “Mele Kalikimaka”. “What Do You Want For Christmas” follows with a fantastic love ballad. Speaking on love ballads. I have yet to be Whammed, by “Last Christmas”. Let us hope I don’t hear it. Haha! “Santa Baby” is next with twist on the popular song with Jagger Holly giving us an original version. The lyrics are hilarious. 

“Santa Baby, 

I feel so good lately, 

except for the drugs we used, 

Satan made me do, 

I’m sorry”

The next track is “Lonely”. Talk about seasonal blues! I love this ballad. It’s sad, but it’s for all of us missing someone special this time of year. As Clark Griswold introduces, “Holiday Without You” you are set up for old Griswold family christmas! This is a fun track! The “Ghost Of Christmas Present” follows with a super heavy bass line! This is a great instrumental track only. 

Next up is a fantastic cover of Darlene Love’s, “All Alone On Christmas”. This track appeared on the Home Alone 2 soundtrack. Sadly the movie was forgettable and somewhat strange to say the least. This cover features Lucy Spazzy ( Lucy And The Rats/ Spazzys) on vocals. I dig this version much better than the original. Lucy’s voice reminds me of Kirsty Maccoll. She nails this track! Side note the original was written by Steven Van Zandt

“Number One On My Christmas List” follows with a strong pop punk tune. Jagger Holly is one of those bands I simply love listening to and “It’s Christmas Somewhere” incorporates everything we love and hate about Christmas. The next song is an anthem ballad called, “I’m Not Coming Home Christmas”. Now I’m not sure if this is a rip at Don Henley’s, “Please Come Home For Christmas, but It just might be.   

The “Ghost Of Christmas Future” follows and returns a strong surf/rockabilly beat. I’d be lying if I said, “I hate rockabilly Christmas tunes”. In fact I was raised on them! The final track is, “Mistletoe” and continues the country twang. It pokes fun at atheists celebrating Christmas. It’s time I go try and wrap some presents! 

In conclusion, Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere” is like a snowy Hawaiian adventure from Christmas’s past, and a pop punk rumble through the future. I would love to see, “All Alone On Christmas” hit the pop charts as we need new Christmas songs forced down our throats on November 1rst. I swear to God If I hear one more song! My only con of the album? Well at one point they mention, “Jingle All The Way” as their favorite Christmas movie. I beg to differ! “Christmas Vacation” is the ultimate winner. I kid of course. So if you need a change to the yule, throw on Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere”! 

What are your favorite Christmas jams and movies? Let us know down the comments! 

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Tracks: 

  • 1. Ghost Of Christmas Past
  • 2. Christmas In Hawaii
  • 3. What Do You Want For Christmas?
  • 4. Santa Baby
  • 5. Lonely
  • 6. Holiday Without You
  • 7. Ghost Of Christmas Present
  • 8. All Alone On Christmas
  • 9. Number One On My List
  • 10. It’s Christmas Somewhere
  • 11. I’m Not Coming Home For Christmas
  • 12. Ghost Of Christmas Future 
  • 13. Mistletoe

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Lucy And The Rats (S/T)

Release date: May 25, 2018

Format : Digital and vinyl

Label: Monster Zero, Co Released with StarDumb Records and Surfin’ Ki Records

Current Lineup:

  • Lucy Ellis: Vocals & Bass
  • Mike Cannibal: Guitar
  • J Tolosa: Guitar
  • M Santons: Drums

Our Favorite Track(s) : Pills, Girl and Can’t Surf

Sounds Like : B-52’s,  Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, Go -Go’s, Surfaris


 

Being from Colorado I sometimes forget what it’s like to walk along the beach. The smell of the water and sand in between your toes. In truth I haven’t been to the beach since 2009, when I visited Laguna Beach on holiday. I have always admired the sounds of southern California, “Surf Music” as some people call it. Musical legends like the Beach Boys, Dick Dale, Surfaris, and the Ventures created a genre, still alive and kicking today. It created cheesy movies like “Beach Party” and “Gidget”. It lost its mass popularity to the British Invasion.

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The indie surfer music scene has become very strong over the last 10 years. Bands like Bleached, Bombón, The Frights, and King Shelter have helped pushed surf music back into the limelight. Although one could say many rockabilly bands often mix in surf as well. This leads me into Lucy and The Rats. This band deserves your weekly download!

Lucy and The Rat’s recently snuck into CPRA, with their new self titled album. They ate all our cheese and are currently surfing in our dishwasher. Let’s get some background on these fashionable rats. Lucy Spazzy formerly of Australia’s The Spazzy’s, moved to England a few years back. There she met some new band mates and formed Lucy And The Rats. I’m now proud to say a huge Spazzy fan as well.

 

Lucy’s new band, Lucy and The Rats have taken a full 180 degree turn from the Spazzy’s brand and sound. Their experimental sound of grunge, punk and surf blend well in this amazing album. She took her Australian born surf music to the UK. I really enjoyed the song, “Pills”. The song led me into somewhat of relaxed daydream daze. It would pair well with a nice indica if you know what I mean. The vocals are haunting and rich.

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I also enjoyed, “Girl”. The song is currently extremely popular in Spain. I can definitely see some Rockabilly guys gals enjoying this song. I really enjoyed the guitar riff and smooth melody. It reminded me of Duane Eddy & the Rebelettes. My favorite track is by far,  “Can’t Surf”. With an upbeat tempo, great drums, and sweet guitar solo. This song will have you, as the Mama’s and Papa’s coined it “California Dreamin”.

 

Lucy and the Rat’s are tapping into a new genre for the former Spazzy. Overall this album is amazing and a blast to sit back and listen to. The melodies sound pure and heartfelt. The album masterfully pieces 1960’s surf with today’s indie sound. So take our advice and hit that download link below! Also be sure to checkout Monster Zero Records. Monster Zero is signing some pretty fucking awesome bands!