“This Could Be Christmas” is the religious sibling of the vacation traditional “Fairytale of New York”

It’s been extra than 30 years since the Pogues kicked the shit out of Christmas with their sleazy vacation traditional, “Fairytale of New York.” Now, former member Peter Richard “Spider” Stacy has teamed up with New York punk stalwarts the So So Glos for a new tongue-in-cheek Christmas carol: “This Could Be Christmas.”

“We wrote this Christmas music throughout a time of isolation and whole uncertainty,” So So Glos frontman Alex Levine tells Rolling Stone. “It illustrates the disconnect between vacation cheer and a darker actuality.”

The Glos met the Pogues when the latter opened for the Celtic punk band a few years again. Later on, they crossed paths with Stacy in New Orleans. “He was variety sufficient to open his home to a bunch of strangers, and we’ve been tight ever since,” Levine says. “Feels like household. The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’ is kind of presumably the finest Christmas music ever, and so we’re honored to have a Pogue on tin whistle and vocals, conserving it in that punk vacation spirit.”

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Kicking off with Stacy’s delicate tin whistle, the music is principally a religious sibling to the Pogue’s monitor — waxing poetic about the darker aspect of New York City. Levine begins off the music by proclaiming, “I’m certain it’s heat in southern California/however again in New York, the lighting of the tree/and so they’re promoting dope exterior the Salvation Army/there may be hope subsequent 12 months for you and me,” earlier than the sing-songy refrain: “This may very well be love/this may very well be hate/this may very well be a horrible mistake/all that I do know/I’m not coming dwelling/this may very well be Christmas.”

The music — produced by Glos collaborator Adam Reich — is the band’s first new music since the 2016 monitor “Going Out Swingin’” and their 2013 album, Blowout. They’re planning to drop collabs with the likes of Conor Oberst, Juan Wauters, Big Youth, Matt & Kim, Slothrust, and extra in 2023.

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