Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Mento Buru - "Christmas Time in Bakersfield"

Seven piece Central California Latin ska reggae band Mento Buru are following up their 2020 Christmas EP with another due out this Friday, and we have a song we can check out from it now. "Christmas Time in Bakersfield" defies the usual ska or punk Christmas song by actually being earnest and not sarcastic. It's kind of beautiful, and while it may not be filled with jingle bells, it still sounds like a holiday song while still being a ska song. I could be misinterpreting it, but there seem to be a few sonic shout outs to Christmas classics like "Frosty the Snowman." "Christmas Time in Bakersfield" is the perfect kind of Christmas song to help freshen up your stale holiday playlists.

Lead vocalist Matt Munoz says of the upcoming holiday release:

“We had such an overwhelming response to our last holiday release. There was no doubt in our minds that we had to keep this project going. We are so Thankful to KCSOS and our generous community sponsors for this collaboration and look forward to sharing this new collection of songs with our fans who’ve given us so much support all these years. Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad!”

You can watch the lyric video for "Christmas Time in Bakersfield" below. East Bakersfield Christmas II is due out December 15. For more on Mento Buru, check out the band on Facebook and Instagram.

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