Another album from the ‘Punk Goes…’ series and, unbelievably, this is the first Christmas version they’ve released. A bunch of our favourite pop-punk bands like All Time Low and Yellowcard feature alongside the likes of Issues and Crown The Empire on a record which, if it doesn’t get you in the festive spirit, there may be something severely wrong with you.
There’s no point in taking the album completely seriously. Even though the majority of the songs on here are great, it’s obvious that the bands involved are just having fun with it and good on them. The first two tracks from New Found Glory and All Time Low bring some real pop-punk down tempo clarity to proceedings, and both bands do a solid job and deliver stellar and uplifting singalongs.
Real Friends are the surprise of the record though. Their song, ‘I Had A Heart’, paints Christmas in a miserable and angry light, which is just what this album needs actually. What sort of punk album would just feature gleefully happy and nostalgic songs? Yellowcard and Issues cover Coldplay and The Backstreet Boys respectfully and both provide brilliant versions and give relief that none of these bands chose to perform obvious Christmas songs that everyone knows, but instead give us some lesser known tracks or their own originals.
The Issues offering in particular is a real highlight, it’s always great hearing Christmas tracks being sung over the top of chugging metal guitars. They even provide some heavy holidays vocals for good measure, which work really well and don’t tarnish the track at all. Basically, this album should be another stocking filler this year, so don’t be a Scrooge and get it.
Written by Greg Spencer