Vintage rock duo BROS – Ewan and Shamus Currie, front man and keyboardist for platinum-selling Canadian band The Sheepdogs – have just released a quirky, nostalgic video for “It’s Christmas Day” from their latest release A Very Bros Christmas Vol. 1. The 2-track EP is now available via Dine Alone Records and can be streamed/purchased HERE.
Says director Andrei Feheregyhazi of the video, “The idea of the scenes moving past was inspired by the conveyor belt I assume Santa has in his workshop. However, instead of toys this conveyor belt highlights various Winter and Christmas experiences. There’s also a few not-so-subtle nods to Christmas classics I grew up with, like Frosty the Snowman. It was a lot of fun working on the video because there was a certain amount of wish fulfillment in creating the scenes. This is especially true of the rolling snowball. I’ve always wanted to start rolling down a hill and become a giant snowball like in the classic cartoons. I now realize this isn’t possible, because I would die, but the dream will live on in my work.”
To celebrate the holiday season, Dine Alone and BROS have created a user-friendly and interactive festive e-card. Users can choose a character paired with music, and customize the card with a special message to friends and family who can click through and get a chance to win a signed A Very BROS Christmas, Vol. 1 7” vinyl.
Click here to customize the festive e-card: http://holidays.dinealonerecords.com/
Says Ewan about writing the festive tracks, “It’s fun to try and write something as classic and old-fashioned as a Christmas song. I tried to focus on the feelings of nostalgia and wistfulness that I associate with Christmases past. I took inspiration from old chestnuts like “The Christmas Song”, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”.
Adds Shamus, “There are two songs I think of as being direct influences on my attempts to write Christmas music: Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas time” and Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas”. Both songs are written by master songwriters and have a lot of classic songwriting components: interesting chord progressions, great melodies, somewhat trite lyrics. I think they both capture the warm and fuzzy side of Christmas while still being interesting enough to stand alone as good pieces of music.
Ewan + Shamus’ new side project has enjoyed praise by the likes of American Songwriter, Relix + more while lead single “Tell Me” charted in the Top 30 at Alternative and Active Rock Radio in Canada. The track has been synced by ESPN US, SportsNet, Hockey Night in Canada, Toronto Blue Jays, and is the new theme music for CBC q. The track has also enjoyed In-arena syncs with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Twins.