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Santa Claus has read your list, and this year will make your biggest wish come true – British crossover thrashers SSS have released a free Christmas song!

The Liverpool thrashers have taken a moment out of getting knee-deep in mince pies to think of others at this festive time of year and to give you all a special treat with their brand new, free Christmas song, “Merry ChristmaSSS”.

Join in the festive frolics, SSS style, and download the track for free at http://rapidshare.com/files/321679834/SSS_-_Merry_ChristmaSSS.mp3

You can also hear the track on the band’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/shortsharpshockuk

Earache Records caught up with SSS frontman Foxy to quiz him about all things Christmas:

Q: Why have you done a free Christmas song?

Foxy: “We are following in the footsteps of some of the greatest Christmas songs ever written from yesteryear – Slade, Wizzard, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Shakin Stevens, FEAR and Band Aid – that have all placed themselves firmly in our hearts and on cheap Christmas compilation CDs at this time of year. Now here’s our meagre festive rattler that will be played for years to come at family discos and shake the false teeth from all our nans’ heads.”

Q: Did you enjoy Christmas as a kid?

Foxy: “What’s not to like about Christmas when you are a kid? A time when there was actual snow at Christmas. Being the first in the yard and lining up snowballs to lob at your mates and teachers. Skidding in one strip on the ice until the caretaker dumps grit on it. Making cards, crackers (out of a toilet roll), cotton wool snowmen and calendars. Mucking around as a king in the nativity play and changing the words to the carols, “While shepherds wash their socks night…”. Bringing toys in on the last day of term was always a doss. A big countdown to a day you thought wouldn’t ever come, so you get to your pit early, try to sleep, then wake up with a stocking on the end of your bed full with all sorts of stuff, mosh into all your presents and play out the front of your house, get cold, then back for your dinner and watch Star Wars. Then play with everything properly on boxing day. Bingo.

“As you got older, what was a bit of fun at the end of the year, I found out it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Laced with the highly dubious undertone of supernatural religion coupled with the fact my Mum worked herself to the bone to get us presents and not some obscure Greek bishop who lived in Turkey, that has a Dutch name and was supposed to deliver free presents to the world all in one night to all the good boys and girls. Once that penny dropped, I unsubscribed.”

Q: Are you a bit of a scrooge?

Foxy: “I enjoy this time of year as the winter season, the freezing cold, the early nights and to bring some light in the darkest time of the year, reflecting on the year and looking forward to the forthcoming one. I’m up for that.

“I just don’t like or enjoy the way that it’s been turned into an obligation, a pious deception, a time of over-consumption, bickering and waste. The materials to make and deliver 10 million Christmas cards is off the scale. 7.75 million trees to be cut down to prop up fairies for 2 weeks, 10 million turkeys will roast into oblivion, wasting 3,000 tons of foil in the cooking process. In excess of 20 billion will be used on credit cards with many families turning to high interest and “doorstep lenders” to cover any shortfall. 135,000 tons of waste plastic alone, waste wrapping paper (82km^2) to wrap up Guernsey in, with a high proportion ending in a landfill as opposed to being recycled. What’s worse than this type of Christmas? On some levels Scrooge was right.”

Q: What do you eat on Christmas day?

Foxy: “A souped up Sunday dinner that becomes a Christmas dinner. The king of dinners. 8 types of veg including parsnips roasted in golden syrup, stuffing, yorkshire puds, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, apple sauce! Not into roast potatoes mind. 2 Linda Mc pies. Home made Christmas pudding for afters. Home made mince pies and coffee. Just no dead stuff on my plate and no booze in my pudding either. A small meagre feast within my means without going overboard. Less is more. Merry ChristmaSSS everybody.”

Catch “Merry ChristmaSSS” and other brand new songs this Thursday, 17th December at the Purple Turtle in London where SSS will be performing at the Earache Christmas party. Find more information at http://earache.com/party2009

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