'Tis the season to be ninjas....
Moody Christmas, Ninja Baby. EP.
Do you love Christmas? All the presents, food, family time, snuggling up on the sofa watching Elf and listening to Slade? Maybe a bracing walk in the afternoon hoping for snowfall? Noel Edmonds on telly in a frigging awful jumper before Her Maj gives us a ten minute speech about how great this country is (gawd bless you ma’am)?
Ninja Baby have got this one covered with their newest release. Their ‘Moody Christmas’ EP explores the shitty side of Christmas, the one where you spend time with people who, let’s face it, you don’t mind a flying visit from but really can’t be arsed listening to when they tell you all about their recent experimental pile surgery in excruciating detail. Using a sprout for demonstration purposes. Plus the presents you never knew you needed (and still probably don’t), the forced air of ‘we have to have a good time’ and even the heartbreak of the one you love bogging off before the turkey’s even defrosted. And don’t even get me started on New Year’s Eve…
This three-piece band from Essex have a sound reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys in their early days, with a touch of The Fratellis and an old school tinge of Guns N Roses or Def Leppard. It’s a catchy mix, especially when you add some brutally honest vocals and enough bassy riffs to keep me happy all the way through the festive season. The three tracks on this EP link together to highlight the fact it’s not all comfort and joy. They each have their own distinct sound, from Moody Christmas’ laconic, bluesy swagger, through Love’ll Fuck You Up’s sparky, hip-shaking riffs, ending with the musical equivalent of a Christmas jumper that is Don’t Leave Me At Christmas - a bit vintage, a bit cool and very festive if Fairytale Of New York is your thing but the only line you can remember is ‘you scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot’
I’ll leave you with the words of the band and ‘wish you a moody Christmas, and a crappy New Year’