Fiskadoro's Christmas Of The Damned
Peace on Earth and good will towards men? We'll have none of that happy hippie horseshit here, thank you very much. Listening to Fiskadoro is like the cuddle session after a brutal orgy, and we do love every damn minute of music they infect our iPod with. Their latest release is a Christmas EP called Dread Nights.
Right off the bat you're hit with an 11-minute dronefest of wasteland dance music called "The Politics of Heroin In Southeast Asia." How's that for holly jolly? And just when you've recovered from that, Fiskadoro legsweeps you with an awesome cover of Captain Sensible's "One Catalogue Christmas."
"His synth-pop stuff is terribly underrated," says Fiskadoro guitarist/vocalist Richard Kimball. "It probably would've been a UK. No. 1, but 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' came out the next day and, well, you know what happened..."
Christmas music forms one of Kimball's main musical foundations, and he collects hundreds of albums by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and other holiday titans. However, Christmas viewed through Fiskadoro's filters takes on a whole new meaning.
The press release accompanying Dread Nights describes it as Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by the Christmas Ghosts, but still being unredeemable. Ultimately, the band claims the album is a comment on dystopian America.
"I also have a theory that the original Christmas carols were written as anti-war songs," says Kimball. "That these shepherds slaving in the fields paying mad taxes to support the king's war, they were looking for a savior.
"Not for some pre-Christian moral reason, but just as a way out of their life of oppression. We always want to be more free, y'know?"
If the EP has a flaw, it's that it is a slight bit monotonous, but it's all worth it when the final song of the four, "Houston DNA" kicks in for a bit more rockin' approach than the more tape-driven tracks.
It's got an absolutely killer bass line laid down by Jennifer Kimball, and makes a perfect exclamation point for the EP - a final primal scream to prepare you for the silence.
Fiskadoro plays Saturday night with Papaya and Christopher Cascio at Notsuoh, 314 Main. Free show.
Jef With One F is the author of The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact That You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned In the Black Math Experiment, available now.