It’s Day 9 of the Essential Advent Calendar, and we present to you The Myrrhderers (pronounced “The Murderers”), a punk supergroup featuring prominent members of the North Pole underground music scene.
In 2020, Al Frankincense (Dead Kringles), Elliott Gold (Prancid), and Bill Myrrhey (Sleigher) entered the studio, and put to tape their debut, ‘The Myrrhderers Sleigh Christmas’, an historic documentation of North Pole underground Christmas culture.
From time-honoured carols like ‘Deck the Halls’, to modern classics like ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, The Myrrhderers’ debut EP features hard-hitting versions of your favourite holiday songs, produced by land-based producers Jamie Hilsden of Man Alive (The Militia Group), Corey Ben-Yehuda of Usless I.D. (Fat Wreck Chords), and mixed by Vince Ratti (Bouncing Souls, Brand New, The Wonder Years, Tiny Moving Parts, Circa Survive).
‘The Myrrhderers Sleigh Christmas’ made its worldwide debut November 20th, and will be followed up by ‘The Myrrhderers Sleigh Some More’ on December 11th.
Discussing the first single, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ (released November 13th), Gold says,
“Making Christmas punk music is a bit of a balancing act – you need to give the songs some kind of twist to make them work in a punk context, but you also don’t want to push a song so far that it loses its original Christmas ‘feeling’. This is one of the heavier tracks on the record, but we wanted to put it out first because we feel like it captures both sides of that equation, without compromising one for the sake of the other.”
“Our scene isn’t gonna be around forever. Since Bezos came along, there’s been a lot less work up here, so most of our friends have moved south looking for a better life, and not to mention, less melty terrain. We figured if we don’t document this now, it might never happen.”
Buy the EP, and stream the first single here.
‘The Myrrhderers Sleigh Christmas’ Track Listing:
1. Deck the Halls
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. Do You Hear What I Hear?
4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
5. Carol of the Bells