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Bah Humbug no more: The Underhill Family Orchestra’s Christmas cheer thawed my chilly heart towards modern holiday music

The Underhill Family Orchestra
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Typically, I am not a fan of modern holiday music. I’m more of a Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Southside Johnny Lyon and The Drifters kind of person when it comes to the holidays or a fan of anything John Williams composes. You know, the sort of holiday songs you hear on the Home Alone: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack released when I was five-years-old. However, upon hearing The Underhill Family Orchestra’s take on a classic ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, I opened my heart a little. From the drums to the shredding guitar on the uptempo record, it’s one to give an ear—even if you aren’t into their sound. Out of the three tracks ‘Blue Christmas’ ‘Christmas Day’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, the last one is my favourite. In my opinion, it has the most edge and diversity of the triad.

Hear the Skate Mountain Records extended play release—Extra Presents—below.


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