Lafayette rock group Bas Clas has been around long enough to know that Christmas isn’t always a merry affair. The band recently paid tribute to Yuletide shut-ins and lonely eggnog drinkers with “Merry Xmas to Me,” a self-loathing anthem for anyone who’s ever had to spend the holidays alone.
“For many people, Christmas is a time of fantasy and pain,” songwriter Donnie Picou said. “We’re throwing something a little different into the mix, and a sense of dark humor helps.”
Picou is pictured alone in the song’s newly-released music video, strumming an acoustic guitar next to a half-empty bottle of wine and a fake plastic tree, watching a yule log video on a massive TV screen. His tastefully twangy voice floats clearly over a mournful arrangement guitars, bass, keyboard, drums and sleighbells. Lyrics like “The ornaments that fell / Oh, the stories they could tell,” and “The presents sit unwrapped / They look like relics from the past” paint a picture of despair that’s just devastating enough to laugh at. The track features harmonies from Sweet Cecilia.
Stream “Merry Xmas to Me” on Bas Clas’ ReverbNation page, or via iTunes or Spotify. Watch the video below.