The Uncommon Houseflies always set out to have a good time and to bring their listeners a good time. We hope we've accomplished both with this three-song Christmas EP.
The concept for A Very Houseflies Christmas came last year following a conversation between the 'Flies bass-playing frontman Kevin Gibson and his girlfriend (we'll spare you the details). "Doghouse for the Holidays" is a first-person narrative power pop ballad about a hapless but well-meaning guy who has fallen out of his wife's good graces by the sheer will of his awkward ineptitude. Guys, we're guessing you can relate to this one. Who hasn't been in the doghouse for the holidays at one time or another?
Guitarist/singer Butch Bays follows with his facetious vision of an American Christmas fueled by greed, avarice and "platinum schemes." This rockabilly romp should get the attention of any Rockpile, Nick Lowe and/or Dave Edmunds fans out there. Heck, even Chuck Berry would probably tap his toes to this one.
But perhaps the crowning achievement of this EP is the Houseflies' reimagining of the holiday classic "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" as a country-westen murder ballad. In this version, the narrator vows revenge on the jolly old elf who murders his grandmother in cold blood. On the front lawn. On Christmas Eve. This is a recording that will haunt you for the forseeable future. You know, once the nervous laughter ends.
We hope you'll sip some eggnog by the fire and marvel at the Chritmas tree and all the holidays hold in store as you listen to this jolly recording. And then pray the Uncommon Houseflies decide against doing a Valentine's Day EP.