Just in time for Christmas Ben Sheers presents a seasonal tune that will have you humming along in no time at all, and we are definitely going to be adding it to our annual advent countdown.
Reminiscent somewhat of Oasis, and having more than a hint of The Pogues, and even Manic Street Preachers, ‘The Last Christmas Drink’ is the work of Aberdeen-based musician Ben Sheers.
A solo singer/songwriter, as well as producer, Sheers writes prolifically, with many of his tracks available to listen to on streaming media, including Reverbnation and Spotify.
The lyrics to ‘The Last Christmas Drink’ convey a cold and shivery walk through the snow on Christmas Eve, the singer recalling Christmases past, and dreaming of what lies ahead:
Hold your head up high
We will dance tonight
Good times they will be
Well the last Christmas drink was on me
Feelings you cherish the most
Remembering a Christmas with old family ghosts
I guess it’s something you know
Making your thoughts as you walk through the snow
The lyrics would work equally well as pure poetry, beautifully expressing the thoughts that run through your head as you trudge through the cold winter evening.
Even without the snow-covered video, which was shot in black and white, further adding to the crispness of the Christmas vibe, the lyrics are enough to conjure up visions of – well not exactly sugarplums, but certainly warm hearths and the hearts of loved ones waiting.
Add to that the instrumentals, provided by acoustic guitar, with a sprinkling of sleigh bells, and ‘The Last Christmas Drink’ serves as the perfect antidote to the often schmaltzy songs we get this time of year.