come true - British crossover thrashers SSS have released a free Christmas
The Liverpool thrashers have taken a moment out of getting knee-deep in
mince pies to think of others at this festive time of year and to give you
all a special treat with their brand new, free Christmas song, "Merry
Join in the festive frolics, SSS style, and download the track for free at
You can also hear the track on the band's MySpace page at
View an image with the lyrics, full of seasonal cheer, at
Earache Records caught up with SSS frontman Foxy to quiz him about all
Q: Why have you done a free Christmas song?
Foxy: "We are following in the footsteps of some of the greatest Christmas
songs ever written from yesteryear - Slade, Wizzard, Bing Crosby, Nat King
Cole, Shakin Stevens, FEAR and Band Aid - that have all placed themselves
firmly in our hearts and on cheap Christmas compilation CDs at this time of
year. Now here's our meagre festive rattler that will be played for years
to come at family discos and shake the false teeth from all our nans'
Q: Did you enjoy Christmas as a kid?
Foxy: "What's not to like about Christmas when you are a kid? A time when
there was actual snow at Christmas. Being the first in the yard and lining
up snowballs to lob at your mates and teachers. Skidding in one strip on
the ice until the caretaker dumps grit on it. Making cards, crackers (out
of a toilet roll), cotton wool snowmen and calendars. Mucking around as a
king in the nativity play and changing the words to the carols, "While
shepherds wash their socks night...". Bringing toys in on the last day of
term was always a doss. A big countdown to a day you thought wouldn't ever
come, so you get to your pit early, try to sleep, then wake up with a
stocking on the end of your bed full with all sorts of stuff, mosh into all
your presents and play out the front of your house, get cold, then back for
your dinner and watch Star Wars. Then play with everything properly on
boxing day. Bingo.
"As you got older, what was a bit of fun at the end of the year, I found out
it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Laced with the highly dubious
undertone of supernatural religion coupled with the fact my Mum worked
herself to the bone to get us presents and not some obscure Greek bishop who
lived in Turkey, that has a Dutch name and was supposed to deliver free
presents to the world all in one night to all the good boys and girls. Once
that penny dropped, I unsubscribed."
Q: Are you a bit of a scrooge?
Foxy: "I enjoy this time of year as the winter season, the freezing cold,
the early nights and to bring some light in the darkest time of the year,
reflecting on the year and looking forward to the forthcoming one. I'm up
"I just don't like or enjoy the way that it's been turned into an
obligation, a pious deception, a time of over-consumption, bickering and
waste. The materials to make and deliver 10 million Christmas cards is off
the scale. 7.75 million trees to be cut down to prop up fairies for 2
weeks, 10 million turkeys will roast into oblivion, wasting 3,000 tons of
foil in the cooking process. In excess of 20 billion will be used on credit
cards with many families turning to high interest and "doorstep lenders" to
cover any shortfall. 135,000 tons of waste plastic alone, waste wrapping
paper (82km^2) to wrap up Guernsey in, with a high proportion ending in a
landfill as opposed to being recycled. What's worse than this type of
Christmas? On some levels Scrooge was right."
Q: What do you eat on Christmas day?
Foxy: "A souped up Sunday dinner that becomes a Christmas dinner. The king
of dinners. 8 types of veg including parsnips roasted in golden syrup,
stuffing, yorkshire puds, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, apple sauce! Not
into roast potatoes mind. 2 Linda Mc pies. Home made Christmas pudding for
afters. Home made mince pies and coffee. Just no dead stuff on my plate
and no booze in my pudding either. A small meagre feast within my means
without going overboard. Less is more. Merry ChristmaSSS everybody."
Catch "Merry ChristmaSSS" and other brand new songs this Thursday, 17th
December at the Purple Turtle in London where SSS will be performing at the
Earache Christmas party. Find more information at
SSS's most recent album, THE DIVIDING LINE, is available now worldwide. Get
your copy with a bonus DVD in Europe at
http://www.earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_673_97 or in the USA at
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