GTC Holiday Classic: SKINNY LISTER – Christmas Calls from ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’ (DELUXE EDITION)
Skinny Lister – Christmas Calls / ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’ (DELUXE EDITION) available at Xtra Mile Recordings.
by Walter Price
It’s that time of year. Time to contemplate the year and relationships that were, and perhaps to let things go for a bit, enjoy the Holidays, and look to better days ahead.
And, again, this year, we visit a Holiday track from one of the hardest working and blatantly talented road bands, Skinny Lister. Their 2017 entry into the world of sweeping and beautiful warm your cockles Christmas tracks is, “Christmas Calls”. A true charmer.
“Christmas Calls” is rooted in classic Skinny Lister folk and delivers that very sentiment of letting bygones be bygones, let’s enjoy who we are or can be, and what we have to look forward to this Christmas and beyond. All wrapped up in a stunningly timeless soundtrack and hearts run deep harmonies.
Oh, darling, we made it through
Another stormy year
And despite the wreck, we made of this one
I swear the best from here
Say goodbye to this mess
Let us try to forget
For tonight Christmas Calls
To the song surrender
It only can get better
Let us be together as Christmas Calls
In the YouTube credits the band’s Daniel Heptinstall has been quoted, “I wrote this song in the lead up to last Christmas so I was in full festive spirit! I didn’t actually make a conscious decision to write a Christmas song, it wasn’t contrived in any way, it just arrived when I picked up the guitar one day. I am a big fan of a good Christmas track and that warm nostalgic feeling they can evoke. I’ve always had soft spot for a bit of Chris Rea when driving up North to see the family for Christmas, or the festive rush of nostalgia I get from those opening bars of The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’. I’m more than happy to throw a Skinny Lister one into the mix.”
If you’re a fan of the Christmas tracks from The Pogues, Sufjan Stevens, Eels, and Lovers Electric…Skinny Lister’s “Christmas Calls” is gonna fit into your Holiday playlist sweetly. The track is available on Skinny Lister’s 2-disc Deluxe Edition of “The Devil, The Heart & The Fight”, out now. And check the band’s website for updated tour dates.
SKINNY LISTER Christmas Calls
Band photo by Konzert, Events & News VMB
Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales (where the band also recorded their previous album ‘Down On Deptford Broadway’), the track was produced by Tristan Ivemy, a kindred spirit also behind production on their acclaimed third LP ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’.
“I didn’t actually make a conscious decision to write a Christmas song, it wasn’t contrived in any way, it just arrived when I picked up the guitar one day.” – D. Heptinstall