A WEE BIT LATE in reviewing this, but worth doing so, as you look forlornly at your Christmas presents and then peer at the credit card balance to inspect the damage.
Enter The Anti-Claus is a collection from the good people at Auckland’s Powertool Records featuring local talent and acts from Germany, England and the States. Given it was never going to be sold alongside One Direction’s Christmas offering at The Warehouse this is an indie fest that’s worth dipping into at any time over the summer/ winter.
All the best Christmas tracks have been by alternative acts with an axe to grind …. Bollocks to Christmas by The Business, There Ain’t No Sanity Clause (The Damned), Christmas No.1 (The Black Arts) and Christmas 1979 (Wild Billy Childish) are some that come to mind.
This antidote to commercial fanaticism contains such delights as Christmas Is Hell by River’s Edge and No Christmas For John Key by Brother Love and Boss Christ in which the Dear Leader of The Flag Confused Republic of Aotearoa is given special treatment by a noisy garage punk tag team.
Some tracks, it has to be said, are far better than others, and special mentions go to two old Porky favourites, Gold Medal Famous and Jordan Reyne for their excellent, individual festive efforts.
Buy from the Powertool website: https://powertoolrecordsdotnet.wordpress.com/
- Great Dynamo – Timeshed (Germany)
- Mary – Big Boy (New Zealand)
- Factory Kids – Father Christmas Still (England)
- Doubtful Sounds – All The Angels Sang (New Zealand)
- Gold Medal Famous – Red Pill Christmas (New Zealand)
- Fatal Elf – I Wanna Be Your Elf (England)
- Andrew Deadman – Silent Night (USA)
- Jordan Reyne – Song For Winter Soltice (England)
- Rough Church – PJ vs The Mouse (USA)
- Joed Out – Reindeers (New Zealand)
- Anti-Claus – Little Baby Jesus (New Zealand)
- Mucus Kids – Satan’s Claws (New Zealand)
- Mark Airlie – A Day Like Today (New Zealand)
- River’s Edge – Christmas Is Hell (New Zealand)
- Brother Love with Boss Christ – No Christmas For John Key (New Zealand
- One Man Bannister – Silent Night (New Zealand)