Red on Red Records just celebrated their first anniversary, and they've quickly become a go to label for fantastic local multi-genre rock. Their new holiday music EP shows off that diversity perfectly. Home Fires Burning: A Holiday Compilation from Red on Red Records starts off with "Reindeer Twist" from Stupidity and featuring Keith Streng from The Fleshtones. It has this early punk meets rockabilly sound of bands like X or The Cramps, but a toned down one for holiday consumption. It also includes "An Irishman for Christmas" by Berk/Lehane which came out last year. It's a song by Simone Berk (Kid Gulliver, Sugar Snow) and Dennis Lehane (The Dogmatics) that's a holiday power pop song about wanting an Irishman for Christmas despite being Jewish. One of our favorite Boston punk bands, Linnea's Garden, gives us "All Eight Nights" which, in true Linnea's Garden fashion is a double entendre about lasting all eight nights. This one is more of a singer/songwriter affair with an electric guitar instead of their more bombastic full band songs. "Coat of Snow" is the offering from Cold Expectations and is a little power pop song with some New Wave-ish elements. Justine's Black Threads close out the EP with their Americana version of "Angels We Have Heard on High."
You can listen to "All Eight Nights" below. To get your copy of Home Fires Burning: A Holiday Compilation from Red on Red Records, head over to the label's Bandcamp.