In keeping with their annual tradition of re-imagining classic Christmas songs such as ‘Carol of the Bells’ and ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel,’ metal juggernauts AUGUST BURNS RED have released a cover of holiday favorite ‘Little Drummer Boy’ – available to purchase now on iTunes and streaming on the band’s MySpace page.
“With ‘Little Drummer Boy’ I wanted to do something really different from any previous AUGUST BURNS RED songs,” explains guitarist JB Brubaker. “The end result is pretty much our attempt at down-tuned post metal, which is something I’ve been a fan of for a long time now. The song was recorded in drop A, which is much lower than we usually play. Recording the track was a lot of fun as I was able to incorporate a bunch of new sounds and techniques ABR has never used before like slide guitar, ukulele, and acoustic guitar. The icing on the cake was having Magnus Lindberg mix the track. Lindberg has done all the CULT OF LUNA albums, and I’m a huge fan of theirs so I was so excited to have him mix the track.”
In addition to the band’s latest Christmas offering, ABR’s near-classic cover of ‘Carol of the Bells’ (heard in the trailer for Frank Miller’s The Spirit) will be featured in the upcoming American Dad! Christmas Special (from Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane), airing Sunday, December 12th on FOX.
AUGUST BURNS RED are currently wrapping up a nationwide run on the AP Fall Tour alongside co-headliners BRING ME THE HORIZON, after which they’ll conclude 2010 touring with a trek across Australia and New Zealand alongside legendary artists MEGADETH, NOFX, THE DESCENDENTS, DROPKICK MURPHYS and more as part of the No Sleep Til festival tour. The band will bookend 2010 with another annual tradition – a year-end Christmas Show at their hometown venue, Lancaster, PA’s Chameleon Club, on December 29th.
Tickets and info for the No Sleep Til can be found here: http://www.nosleeptil.com.au/
The critical success of Constellations, the band’s 3rd album, has helped AUGUST BURNS RED not only become one of the forerunners in the current metal scene, but also break out and reach newer fanbases. The band has surpassed more than a quarter million in combined album sales. Constellations has sold nearly 85,000 copies and has been lauded by taste-making publications such as Revolver, AP, Outburn and more, further solidifying ABR’s stature. Remaining Dates on the AP Fall Tour with BRING ME THE HORIZON and more