The Aquadolls Slip ‘Xmas Wrapping’ Into Your Stocking In A Ska-Punk Remix

The Aquadolls Slide A Ska-punk Rendition Of ‘xmas Wrapping’ Into…

The Aquadolls and a pair of their own Santa’s Helpers – Angelo Moore of Fishbone and NOFX’s El Hefe! – give one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time a high-octane update.

The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping,” first published in 1981 on ZE Records’ holiday collection, has become a holiday favorite — and one of the few songs that punk rockers and new wavers would pogo and Slamdance to while under the mistletoe.

The Aquadolls gave vocalist Patty Donahue’s holiday miseries a ska-punk update for this Christmas season, forty years after the world was graced with her holiday woes. Melissa Brooks, Keilah Nina, and Jackie Proctor’s band, with a surging percussion and frost-kissed harmonies, present a cover (“Xmas Wrapping”) that is a perfect snowflake: a celebration of the original while being distinctive on its own.

“Every year as the weather starts to turn colder, and in California words that means we go from blistering hot heat to a breezy 70 degrees,” Melissa tells HollywoodLife. “This leads to seasonal depression, our unwelcome winter companion. Christmas may be a difficult time to get through, especially if there is a pandemic. The holidays might be a drag, but with the help of a few close friends and some rock n roll, they can be a bit less so!”

The California quartet didn’t have to travel north to find a few helping elves to assist make this tune the season’s greatest hit. It was only a matter of calling a few recent punk rock legends. “With the help of Fat Mike from NOFX and Jon Graber, we developed a ska/punk-inspired cover of The Waitresses’ “Xmas Wrapping,” with horns from NOFX’s El Hefe and Fishbone’s Angelo Moore,” Melissa explains.

“It’s a dream come true for us to work with so many music legends on this and give such an underappreciated and timeless classic a new spin.” We hope you form a mosh pit to this and make your holiday season rock even harder than it already is!”

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Savanna Morales

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After ZE Records asked everyone on the label to contribute to A Christmas Record, this song was born. “I go back and attempt to remember what inspired me in the first place.” Chris Butler, the band’s founder, and the song’s writer told The Star Online in 2005, “I believe it was just very much that for years I despised Christmas.” “In New York, everyone I knew was running around like a bunch of maniacs. [Christmas] wasn’t supposed to be a happy time.

It was something to get used to.” Chris, like the imaginary woman who sings the song, has found happiness with it in the end. “Who’d have guessed it? Yeah. When asked about the tunes, he told The Star, “Holy cow.” “It is possible for miracles to occur. It’s a Christmas miracle for MY family. ‘Lighten up,’ it smacks me around and says. ‘It’s Christmas,’ says the narrator.

This isn’t the first time The Aquadolls have gone all out for the holidays. The band released “Mrs Claus” on Soundcloud in 2018. With a few releases since then, including The Dream and the Deception and 2020’s remix album, they’ve been honing their sound.

They released “Disappearing Girl” in 2021, which was an evolution of their ethereal and melancholy compositions. They released the official music video for the song in September. The Aquadolls may be on Santa’s list, but they should also be on yours when it comes to Ones To Watch in the coming year.

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