Friday, April 19 2024

Pistols at Dawn’s rendition of Wham!’s holiday classic ‘Last Christmas’ marks a distinct departure from their signature rock style. Known for their relentless energy and heavy-hitting rock anthems, this cover explores a different side of the band, bringing a unique twist to the iconic track.

Released worldwide as their first-ever holiday single, Pistols at Dawn has set out to reinvent a timeless holiday classic that’s a shift from their usual genre boundaries. The end result is a brilliant mix of acoustic arrangements, soft touches, and alternative rock elements that demonstrate the band’s commitment to this musical exploration.

The controlled and great vocals in what is a difficult track affirm PAD’s ability to tackle diverse musical styles, and the ‘edgier’ than George Michael timbre makes for a different listening experience. Plus, check out the impressive guitar solo towards the end… I’d like to have seen Andrew Ridgeley hit those notes! Pistols at Dawn, typically a powerhouse in rock, navigates this change of pace with finesse, showcasing a different facet of their artistic range.

Pistols at Dawn Atlanta Band

Acknowledging the collaborative efforts behind the scenes, Pistols at Dawn expresses gratitude to producer and mastering engineer Javi Melo at JMelo Recordings and the violin/cello duo Anya-Katarina Gerber and Sharon Mulfinger Gerber. Their contributions, including the lovely strings, add emotional depth and elevate the cover to new heights.

In a world of change, Pistols at Dawn remains a constant force in rock, and this unexpected cover of ‘Last Christmas’ stands as a testament to their willingness to push boundaries and surprise their audience. Stream, download, and share their refreshing rendition now!

Pistols at Dawn

Also, mark your calendars for Pistols at Dawn’s upcoming ‘ACROSS THE POND TOUR,’ where they will be showcasing their rock prowess live in the UK:

Catch them on tour with Fozzy and The Hot Damn!

FEBRUARY 16, 2024 FOZZY “SPOTLIGHT ON UK” TOUR @ NEON – NEWPORT, WALES TICKETS

FEBRUARY 17, 2024 FOZZY “SPOTLIGHT ON UK” TOUR @ NIGHTRAIN – BRADFORD, ENGLAND TICKETS

FEBRUARY 18, 2024 FOZZY “SPOTLIGHT ON UK” TOUR @ ACADEMY 2 – MANCHESTER, ENGLAND TICKETS

FEBRUARY 20, 2024 FOZZY “SPOTLIGHT ON UK” TOUR @ QUEEN MARGRET UNION -GLASGOW, SCOTLAND TICKETS

FEBRUARY 21, 2024 FOZZY “SPOTLIGHT ON UK” TOUR @ RIVERSIDE – NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND TICKETS

FEBRUARY 22, 2024 FOZZY “SPOTLIGHT ON UK” TOUR @ ELECTRIC BALLROOM – LONDON, ENGLAND TICKETS

FEBRUARY 23, 2024 FOZZY “SPOTLIGHT ON UK” TOUR @ KK’S STEELMILL – WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND TICKETS

FEBRUARY 24, 2024 FOZZY “SPOTLIGHT ON UK” TOUR @ ROCK CITY- NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND TICKETS

FEBRUARY 25, 2024 FOZZY “SPOTLIGHT ON UK” TOUR @ TIVOLI – BUCKLEY, WALES TICKETS

FEBRUARY 26, 2024 FOZZY “SPOTLIGHT ON UK” TOUR @ ROADMENDER – NORTHHAMPTON, ENGLAND TICKETS

And, headlining their own ‘ACROSS THE POND TOUR’ with Eulogy and One Last Day

FEBRUARY 28, 2024 PISTOLS AT DAWN “ACROSS THE POND TOUR” @ THE ANVIL – BOURNEMOUTH GET TICKETS HERE

FEBRUARY 29, 2024 PISTOLS AT DAWN “ACROSS THE POND TOUR” @ EXCHANGE 2 – BRISTOL GET TICKETS HERE

MARCH 1, 2024 PISTOLS AT DAWN “ACROSS THE POND TOUR” @ THE HOBBIT – SOUTHAMPTON GET TICKETS HERE

MARCH 2, 2024 PISTOLS AT DAWN “ACROSS THE POND TOUR” @ THE COBBLESTONES – BRIDGEWATER GET TICKETS HERE

MARCH 3, 2024 PISTOLS AT DAWN “ACROSS THE POND TOUR” @ THE FACEBAR – READING GET TICKETS HERE

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Review

Summary

Pistols at Dawn ventures into new musical territory with an acoustic, soft, and alternative rock cover of ‘Last Christmas,’ showcasing their versatility beyond their usual rock genre. The unexpected rendition, coupled with impressive vocals and a heartfelt musical arrangement, provides a fresh perspective on the iconic holiday classic.
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Perfect Xmas Tune

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Matt Warren

Matt Warren is a Cheshire based musician who studied contemporary music and composition. When not writing for The Indie Grid he enjoys watching 'Breaking Bad' on continuous loop and going to gigs. Since a youngster his fave band have been 'The Beatles' (with 'Cardiacs' in at a close second)... and this still applies to this day.

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