The Kinks’ 1977 single “Father Christmas” is a vital holiday classic because 1) it’s a straight rock jam amid a blizzard of sappy ballads and 2) while most folks can’t stop fa-la-la-ing, the song offers a more depressing, unabashedly honest depiction of the entire season.
The So So Glos certainly picked up on the song’s inherent kinetic energy, unveiling a rendition earlier today that leaned heavily into the realm of carefree power pop. However, it’s the more profound emotional content that clearly drew in CoSigned Pennsylvania rockers The Districts, who share a far more solemn cover. Slowing things down to a decidedly deliberate pace, heavy on the slow, sauntering guitars and rather ominous bells, The Districts bring new and uniquely harrowing life to lyrics about violence, disappointment, and adolescent insecurity.
Check out the song below via its accompanying video, which features lo-fi, VHS-recorded studio footage.