New Jersey-based pop-punk band Tug of War Machine released a goofy music video for their version of “Emo Christmas”, which was unofficially released by Carpet Ride in 2011. Wearing cheesy Christmas sweaters and surrounded by festive decorations, the band displays both cheer and loneliness.
About “Emo Christmas”, vocalist Josh Barnhard stated:
“For anybody missing somebody on/around the holidays, this is for you…not everyone is keen on pop-punk, however, everyone loves Christmas. Sappy Holidays!”
In the single and video, the band is joined by Christmas carolers as they present the feeling that Santa can’t bring you what you really want. The holidays bring joy but it is also common that they bring negative feelings such as loneliness and depression. The band lightens up those dark emotions by taking a fun approach to their video.
They will be playing a holiday-themed show Tuesday, December 17th with Reggie and the Full Effect, Three Cheers Too Late, and Still Ghosts. Tug of War Machine will soon be recording their debut full-length album ‘Child Like Symptoms’, which is expected to be released in the summer of 2020.
12/17 – Long Branch, NJ – The Brighton Bar