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HO HO WHO: Chris Farren is best known for fronting the indie-punk/emo band Fake Problems as well as the recently formed Antarctigo Vespucci with Bomb the Music Industry!’s Jeff Rosenstock. A website on the Internet calls him the “Bono of Fake Problems.” He recently released a Christmas album called Like A Gift From God or Whatever.
NOTHING FEELS GOOD: If you’re not privy to the current emo revival, and subsequent emo revival backlash, you should probably turn back now, because shit’s about to get real fuckin’ nerdy. (But if you want to get caught up, well, here’s a good place to start. And here. And here, here, here, and here). In fact, discussions, over-analysis, and debates about the so-called emo revival have gotten so out of hand that they’re now the butt of a joke via a song title on an “emo” Christmas album. I don’t really know what this says about the state of music in 2014, but I’m going to listen to my American Football reissue and try to figure it out.
THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO CRY: Despite its sarcastic title, “Emo Revival Christmas 2014” is actually a pretty great little ditty that you can definitely play for your family without anyone making fun of you. That’s mostly because there are no lyrics to this song. But it’s also because “Emo Revival Christmas 2014” is actually a cheery, cascading, mid-tempo tune complete with xylophone, hymnal brass parts, and big, Christmas-y hooks. Also, it clocks in at four minutes and 20 seconds. 4:20! Weed is tight, weed is tight.
CHEER FACTOR: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ /10. This is a noodly emo Christmas song without any words. Your traditional Sleigher scale is null and void. Where is your God now?