- Bryon Harris
Kellye and the Interruption - 'It Simply Isn’t Christmas…'
Review By Abby Kenna
Are the holidays not your most “wonderful time of year”? Katye Kellye and The Interruption have you covered with their new anthem, “It Simply Isn’t Christmas…” With tongue-in-cheek lyrics and head-banging rock instrumentals, this is the bitter take on the holidays every Scrooge needs this season.
“It Simply Isn’t Christmas…” opens with a soft chime of jingle bells, soon to be gloriously interrupted by a full rock band. The electric guitars pick out a rhythmic chord progression, the sound laced with distortion and gain – all the grittiness you wouldn’t expect from a holiday tune (in the best way).
A higher guitar melody expands the soundscape, contrasting the deep bass and driving drums at the core of the track. Katye Kellye and The Interruption embrace rhythm and space in an exceptional way within this song. In more lyric-heavy sections like the verse, they drop a few layers of guitars and keep the arrangement curt and crisp. Then, as the song builds, the venom in the lead singer’s voice growing more sour with each word, the instruments filter back in. This keeps the intensity of the chorus fresh, maintaining the same sharpness each time. "Don t wish me merry Christmas while I slip into a deep abyss…” Katye Kellye and The Interruption further ___ the biting tone of “It Simply Isn’t Christmas…” through their lyricism. They cleverly reference holiday cliches such as shopping in the mall for gifts, mistletoe, yuletide, and twinkle lights, but with resentment rather than nostalgia: "I'm not decking any halls til you walk through the door.. and mistletoe s a parasite… you make my yuletide blue.”
Through this sarcastic lyrical delivery, listeners are both able to embrace the spitefulness of the message, but also understand the playfulness of Katye Kellye and The Interruption’s writing. Between the pop-punk rock track and teasing lyrics, “It Simply Isn’t Christmas…” is guaranteed to have listeners yelling along to every word, grateful for a holiday song with a new take.
About Kayte Kellye and the Interruption
Katye Kellye (Kat-cha Kel-lee) is very, very tired of Autocorrect trying to change her name. Her band, The Interruption, was until recently composed solely of amazing studio professionals who have worked with bands you've actually heard of. Ms. Kellye has assembled a band with musicians who need to be heard from.
She has been a singer and songwriter for a relatively short time (in geologic terms) or a very large number of dog years. Ms. Kellye writes incisive, pointed, bad-assed songs of experience that are probably not about you. (Although if you think they are, maybe you need to think about why that might be.) Also love songs tinged with levity that you wish were about you.
Katye was the lead singer of Toxic Shox, her first offering in about 35 years was the 2019 EP, Vanity Project, available on most streaming services (all links linktr.ee/katyekellyeandtheinterruption) Her sound blends her downtown punk roots with hints of classic arena rock, "Wall of Sound" girl groups, and opera.
Their first full-length album, "Late Bloomer" was released January 17, 2020, and since then have been followed by several singles and their second full album, "Sophomore Slump" on February 26, 2021.
They are all available from Quinterruption Music on all major streaming services, Amazon and Apple Music. Several music videos are in production and the band will be promoting the album live in selected venues as the world reopens safely. Watch for announcements, and join our mailing list to hear about where!
For more information on Katye Kellye and the Interruption, please visit their website.
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