Christmas EP

by THE SCHOOL

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We were absolutely impatient. We haven’t had any news about THE SCHOOL for a long time, but now they are finally back with an EP with three Christmas songs, at exactly the right time and in the best possible way. These songs play with the forced happiness associated with these holiday dates, to give them a touch of bitterness and loneliness, and remind us why they have broken our heart so many times over the years.

But things begin with a surprise. “Happy Christmas (Don't Tell Me It's Over)” is a mid-tempo punk-pop smash, full of great melodies and vocal harmonies, with a dirty, distorted sound somewhere between THE AISLERS SET, RAMONES, ALVVAYS and THE SHOP ASSISTANTS. Making the most of the holiday wishes to anxiously hope that the feared abandonment does not happen on such important dates. Liz wrote the song in just four minutes the night before going into the studio to record the Single. The chorus, as always, is impeccable.

“Shouldn't Be Alone For Christmas” goes back to the sound of girl-groups from the sixties, with Phil Spector’s wall of sound and the best arrangements, on one of the best songs with Harri and Liz doing a vocal call and response, and the whole group enveloping us with those celestial choruses. This also happens on “It Won't Be Christmas Without You”. Evoking the best of THE SUPREMES and THE RONETTES, with that collection of absolutely delicious arrangements and so full of elegance, they make us feel the emotional, bittersweet feeling of loneliness these dates come with, dates that make us think of those who are no longer with us. It is impossible to hold back the tears.

For this occasion, the numerous group from Wales, in additional to the sweet voice of our beloved Liz Hunt, includes the collaboration of Harri Davidson (acoustic guitar), Kay Russant (violin), Kit Denison (drums), Andy Regan (electric guitar), Fran Dimech (trump), Ryan Cox (bass) and Steph Doble (violin).

This good news come to us from the Rat Trap Studios in Cardiff, where Tom Rees recorded these long-awaited songs. This Single means the return to the music scene for a band that has been the soundtrack of our lives for the last several years, and who will release their new album at the end of 2020.

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released December 6, 2019

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Track Name: Happy Christmas (Don't Tell Me It's Over)
Happy Christmas, the day you broke my heart
Happy Christmas, the day you broke my heart
And now I can't believe that you would ever leave me
You were trying to deceive me
Gave you all my love but you were fooling around

So happy Christmas, don't tell me it's over
Oh happy Christmas, don't tell me it's over
So happy Christmas, don't tell me it's over now

Happy Christmas, the day you broke my heart
Happy Christmas, the day you broke my heart
And now it seems that you were never gonna leave her
You told me you'd never see her
Gave you all my time but you were fooling around
Track Name: Shouldn't Be Alone For Christmas
You don't have to leave the presents underneath the Christmas tree
And you shouldn't buy no diamond ring if you're not here with me
You don't need no money baby, all I need is you

So tell me when you're coming home
Cos in your arms is where I belong
And I'm no good without you
You shouldn't be alone for Christmas baby

You don't have to be a banker baby when you come back to me
And you shouldn't get no pay day loan when true love comes for free
You don't need no Santa baby, all I need is you
Track Name: It Won't Be Christmas Without You
It won't be the same without you
And I cannot explain just how I feel
But maybe one day you will understand
And maybe one day you won't leave me

Cos it won't be Christmas without you
And I don't know why, but it won't be Christmas without you

You don't have to stay a long time
And I'm trying to see just how you feel
You don't have to say you love me
And I wonder if you still wanna hold my hand

Maybe I'll ask and you won't say no
Maybe you'll ask and you'll mean it

Cos it won't be Christmas without you
and I don't know why, but it won't be Christmas without you
and the day's all wrong, but it won't be Christmas without you

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