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Dude York : Halftime for the Holidays

Seattle pediatric-grunge three-piece Dude York mark the end of a stellar year by releasing a Christmas-themed album, Halftime for the Holidays. Sure it’s corny, but this band’s indie credentials are untouchable after releasing their sophomore LP Sincerely to unanimous critical praise.

Opening song ‘Break Up Holiday’is a slick piece of pop-punk driven by bassist Claire England’s faultless vocals, a ‘perfectly hat-tipped’ escalation of Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino’s powerful-yet-effeminate grunge pitch.

The following song ‘Hollywood Holiday’ is sung by founding member and previous main vocalist and songwriter Peter Richards. It features a much slower tempo, driven by swing rather than grit. It works as an excellent counterpoint to the previous track. It’s only been this year – with the release of ‘Love Is’ – that England and Richards have shared lead vocals which may have contributed to the global impact of Sincerely.


As for the remainder of Halftime for the Holidays, there’s probably two more songs you would give a second listen outside of Christmas time with the remainder of the album being full of cutesy but forgettable, punked–up Christmas covers like ‘Jingle Bells Rock’ and ‘Takin’ Care Of Christmas’.

7/10