Holding strong to my vow to limit my reviews of Christmas music this year to no more than four, today I fill my third slot with the first new music from The Putz in two-and-a-half years. I'm going to come in under budget! Seriously, there was no way I was going to be ignoring new tunes from one of the best bands in modern-day pop-punk! Ho Ho Ho, Let's Go! is the second in what I hope will be an on-going series of holiday-themed EPs by The Putz. 2018's Mad Monster Party has become my #1 Halloween go-to, and now Ho Ho Ho, Let's Go! offers five great tracks worthy of consideration for my Christmas playlists going forward. The style of the songs is exactly what you'd expect from The Putz: textbook pop-punk done right. And while this is a Christmas-themed EP, it's not annoyingly merry or festive. The title track has all the makings of a new seasonal standard. It revisits the timeless theme of eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. It's a classically kid-friendly tune that grownups will love too because, hey, a Ramones influence is almost always a recipe for a good time. For those less enamored with the holiday spirit, the cynical "Bah, Humbug!" will hit the spot. "(I Need) Eggnog" is not so much about eggnog as it is about needing a stiff drink to survive the drama and dysfunction of family gatherings. Who can't relate to that? "Mission: Mistletoe" imagines the ultimate boss move: throwing a Christmas party and inviting only girls.
Ho Ho Ho, Let's Go! is available on limited 12-inch vinyl (in two colors: red and black). And when I say limited, I mean it's almost sold out. Considering that amazing Ricky Racket artwork, I can see why you'd want a physical product of this EP. When it comes to any release by The Putz, the best policy is to buy now and ask questions later. This band hits it out of the park every time. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!