Going hand in hand with every Christmas we get overtired squabbling brats, unwanted guests, and the worst clothing since MC Hammer was causing blindness with his flashy pantaloons and their movements. The worst import in the festive season though is the Christmas single, a disease which with few, very few, exceptions turns skilled and accomplished musicians into creatively retarded festive jumper wearing disasters. There are the occasional successes which buck the trend, though right now only Jona Lewie’s Stop the Cavalry comes to mind and that is debatable if it truly qualifies. To that positive list you can now add UK punk ‘n’ rollers Dirt Box Disco and their single I don’t want anything for Christmas.
They have not totally escaped the curse it is fair to say, the song not their finest moment, but the band does what Dirt Box Disco does best with the single and that is unleash mischievously stomping rock ‘n’ roll. Whether it will be a song which remains as potent and favourably welcomed over repeated plays as it is right now, time will tell but the Burton on Trent certainly provides an evocative tease which borders on maudlin but escapes through its infectious and smile inducing revelry.
From its first breath the track is declaring its intent and almost self-pitying premise through vocals and simple but fiery riffs. The chorus opens up proceedings, a simple repetition of the song’s title primarily before slipping into a more relaxed stroll with the vocals of WEAB.I.AM and Spunk Volcano entwining for the track’s narrative. It is a straight forward offering of the band’s distinct sound which ignites more strikingly with the sizzling sonic enterprise unveiled by the guitars of Danny Fingers and Spunk, whilst throughout the rhythmic probing of bassist Deadbeatz Chris and drummer Maff Fazzo keeps it all compelling and contagious. It is fair to say that there is nothing out of the Dirt Box Disco ordinary going on but that alone ensures the track will surpass any other Xmas offering this year, even though they do insist in having infernal sleigh bells to accompany its end.
Accompanying I don’t want anything for Christmas the band offers Punk By Numbers, a raw and belligerent slab of old school punk with a healthy soaking of The Ramones and The Dead Boys to its riot. It is a brilliant rock ‘n’ roll threat which again is the band revelling in creative devilry proving what it is that sets them apart from the crowd with consummate ease. Even without the second song the single would be very worthy of attention but it adds the icing on the flavoursome Christmas cake.
I don’t want anything for Christmas will not dramatically change views on Christmas singles but it does make one very palatable helping which will ensure one year has a beacon of hope and a gift which you think you might not want but will greedily devour. Now just have to convince Granny that it is really Cliff Richard bursting from the speakers over the festive pudding.’
I don’t want anything for Christmas is available now via STP Records/Deadfly Recordings digitally and on CD @ http://dirtboxdisco.bigcartel.com/product/dirt-box-disco-i-don-t-want-anything-for-christmas-cd
Dirt Box Disco live dates over Christmas:
DEC 13 – The Bridge inn, Rotherham
DEC 20 – Star And Garter, Manchester
DEC 27 – ZOMBIE HUT, CORBY
DEC 28 – The Maze. Nottingham
DEC 30 – Adam & Eve, Birmingham
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