With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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A Christmas Message From The Spit Sisters December 20, 2020

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Dear constant readers, less frequent viewers and newbies we have another delightful Christmas message for you. This time it is the turn of those angry, satanic queers from London, the Spit Sisters. After reviewing their latest single, “Sylvia” back in October I am definitely a fan. Check out the excellent video for “Sylvia” below too. Thanks to Covid driven social distancing it is Jaz giving a great message on behalf of her and the band. She even throws in a few lines from “Homo Christmas” which I believe was a Pansy Division song. I might be an old, white, straight bloke, but I know stuff like that!

Anyway while you are viewing the Chrimbo message from this marvellous band check them out on BandCamp. You can buy “Sylvia” and “Weak” by clicking here. Also if you are stuck on what to do for those last minute Christmas presents, why not buy a fabulous Spit Sisters logo patch, they look rather excellent (check out the picture above), just click here and buy one for your Gran or the Vicar!

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The 12 Days Of, Mostly, Punky Christmas – Day 8

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Day 8 of the With Just A Hint Of Mayhem, mostly, punk themed 12 days of Christmas series is here, which has been your favourite track so far? After yesterday’s announcement by our laughing stock Prime Minister we really need music! Todays choice is from a band who I have seen at UK festivals quite a few times. They are from Maryland, USA and they took their name from the lyrics “Head On Collision” by New Found Glory. Ladies and Gentlepunks I give you ALL Time Low with what ought to be a Chrimbo classic, “Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass”. A great fun video too!

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A Christmas Message From The Dead Zoo December 19, 2020

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Only six more sleeps until the bearded weirdo drops down your chimney, are you excited? I think I am. So excited in fact that I am sending you another great Christmas message from another fabulous band that we love here at With Just A Hint Of Mayhem; The Dead Zoo. We have featured them before, click here to read our review of their rather splendiferous single “Mother”. I have had a sneak preview of a couple of tracks the band plan to release in 2021 and they are both incredible, so incredible that they will put a a very special shine on the new year, especially after the shitstorm that 2020 has been. The Dead Zoo Christmas message is below.

Here is what the band have to say to you 🙂 “We had a really promising start with four great live shows in winter 2019 and 2020 before Covid and we’re looking forward to building momentum again in 2021 with the release of our next single in the spring. Our debut “Mother”, released in the summer, did really well and we raised a lot of funds for #saveourvenues 

We’re really grateful for the grass roots blogs and music fans who supported us in the early days and we hope we can all go forward together, no matter what.”

Somrata, Kaoru, Gabby & Jon (collectively known as the Dead Zoo) xx

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A Christmas Message From KAYA

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Are you ready for another Christmas message from another of With Just A Hint Of Mayhem’s favourite artists? You are? Good, this is from another great York band, KAYA, but thanks to social distancing the message is from KAYA’s Joe Mishra. Check out his message below. KAYA also release a beautiful and incredibly emotional Christmas single today! The video for the single, which had me welling up, is posted below. Click here to visit KAYA’s website and while you’re there why not buy or stream the wonderful “Falling On Me” today, get yourself some KAYA merch too!

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The 12 Days Of, Mostly, Punky Christmas – Day 7


Day 7 of the With Just A Hint Of Mayhem, mostly, punk themed 12 days of Christmas series I hope you’re enjoying it so far. What plans do you have for a socially distanced Chrimbo? Todays choice might upset some punk purists, but frankly I don’t give a shit! This thrown together band includes 50% of the Sex Pistols (Cook and Jones) plus Phil Lynott and Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy. Lynott had a great punk attitude and he associated with many punk luminaries. They were originally called the Greedy Bastards but for this release they were the Greedies. Put on your Christmas trousers and strut your stuff to “A Merry Jingle”.

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The 12 Days Of, Mostly, Punky Christmas – Day 6 December 18, 2020

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Day 6 of the With Just A Hint Of Mayhem, mostly, punk themed 12 days of Christmas series and we are halfway through. This is a funky punk outing from the everlasting Toy Dolls. They have been around forever haven’t they? While “Credit Crunch Christmas” came out quite a few years ago, but it is sadly very topical and pertinent in this very, very strange year!

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A Christmas Message From Skylights December 17, 2020

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Well we promised you some Christmas surprises, and here is the second of those. This time it’s the turn of ace York band and devoted Leeds United supporters Skylights. Well guitarist Turnbull thanks to social distancing. But I am sure the rest of the band share that sentiment! Check out Turnbull’s Christmas message below. Regular readers will know that I am a big Skylights fan and if you don’t have them in your life yet, now’s your chance. Click here to visit there site where you will find a great collection of videos, music and some pretty tasty merch too 🙂 When gigs come back you really should get yourself down to a Skylights show, it’ll be well worth it!

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Comfort And Joy – A Shiny Happy Christmas Compilation


Comfort And Joy – A Shiny Happy Christmas Compilation is a beautiful new compilation of Christmas songs for the 21st century put together by those delightful and delectable elves over at Shiny Happy Records. It features 23 classy bands from across the globe and it really is a compilation that makes you feel good and eases you into a nicely chilled Yuletide spirit. Do I have a favourite track on here? Yes, but it has so far been different every time I have listened to it.

“Winter Time” by Denbaron is like something that might have featured on a Chrimbo version of the NME C-81 collection. The Phantom Handshakes sound like a side project from Clare Grogan at the height of Altered Images fame, and I am a huge fan of Clare, so I mean that in a really good way! Can you imagine an early 80s post punk, slightly pop infused band fronted by Jona Lewie? You can? then I think you will love the 100% feel good vibes of “Snowman” by Tampopo. Are there many great songs about games featured in cartoon series? I have no idea, but “Buy Me Bonestorm (Or Go To Hell)” by Teenage Angst is definitely in that category as I believe it is a song about a violent game that once featured in the Simpsons. If you like your Christmas covers shoegazey and very slightly smiley then the bravely named the Lousy Pop Group with their rather different take on “When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney” will definitely be your thing. Incidentally they might be a pop group, but they are not lousy in real life I suspect.

“Working On A Christmas Day” perfectly expresses the gloom I would feel if I had to work on a Christmas day. It also makes me want to hear more from the songs architects, Archaster. If any of the old classic kids TV shows featured an “out there” indie band it would probably be the originally, immaculately and wonderfully named Vegetablets. I can imagine “Christmas Dream” resonating over the closing credits for a Christmas edition of Trumpton. The Death Of Pop’s “Christmas In Suburbia” owes a small debt to Jonathan Richman and Damon Albarn, but it it also sounds very different and original too. There are a few covers on this record and perhaps the finest is a gorgeous lofi take on Wham’s Christmas classic “Last Christmas” by Teen Idles. My second favourite track on this fine collection is “December Girl” by the Suncharms which adds a sublime seasonal stamp to their magnificent chilled indie signatures. Regular readers will definitely be familiar with Suncharms! Currently my favourite song here is “Happy Xmas (Plague Is Over)” by the Fisherman And His Soul. Definitely a song for 2020 and frankly if Yuletide 2020 needed a Christmas compilation it needed this one!

Sadly I don’t have the time or space to mention every song and every artist, but here is the track list and the BandCamp list is below;

  1. The Skating Party – Brothers in Our World
  2. Day & Dream – December
  3. The Suncharms – December Girl
  4. Denbaron – Winter Time
  5. Phantom Handshakes – Winter Is Blue
  6. Red Go Cart – Winter Work
  7. Tampopo – Snowman
  8. Caramel Snow – Put Me On Your Wish List
  9. Teen Angst – Buy Me Bonestorm ( Or Go To Hell)
  10. Apple Orchard – One Christmas Catalogue
  11. The Lousy Pop Group – When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney
  12. Nixon – Silent Night
  13. Starry Eyed Cadet – Good Night
  14. Archaster – Working On a Christmas Day
  15. Subterfuge – Christmas Meadow
  16. H! – Christmas (Brighter Cover)
  17. Vegetablets – Christmas Dream
  18. 1Cinéma Lumière featuring Megumi Acorda- Under the Mistletoe
  19. The Death of Pop – Christmas In Suburbia
  20. Sushi Backpack – Christmas Lights
  21. Teen Idle – Last Christmas
  22. The Caraway – A Very Merry Christmas
  23. The Fisherman And His Soul – Happy Xmas (Plague is Over)

Click here to check out this ace collection on Bandcamp.

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The 12 Days Of, Mostly, Punky Christmas – Day 5

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Probably quite a topical picture for 2020 I reckon!

Day 5 of the With Just A Hint Of Mayhem, mostly, punk themed 12 days of Christmas series and we are getting close to halfway. All my Christmas shopping is done, how about you? None of it is wrapped yet though 🙂 Today’s tune is a great slab of pop punk from MxPx, all the way from Bremerton, Washington in the USA. Time for “Christmas Night Of The Living Dead”!

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The 12 Days Of, Mostly, Punky Christmas – Day 4 December 16, 2020

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Day 4 of the With Just A Hint Of Mayhem, mostly, punk themed 12 days of Christmas series. Yuletide is so close now I can almost smell the Turkey and the sprouts and of course the nut roast if you’re veggie! Todays offering is a 1977 track by a band called the Ravers, who I know next to nothing about, with a song called “Punk Rock Christmas”. Apparently a lot of people thought this sounded like the Sex Pistols all those years ago, personally I don’t see it, but a fun tune nonetheless!

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