PRESS RELEASE – HALLELUJAH HO HO HO
December 9, 2013
This December brings a charming twist to classic Christmas albums with Hallelujah Ho Ho Ho, an online EP featuring three of Toronto’s finest emerging songwriters. This unconventional follow-up to 2012’s There is Not a Snake (NNNN Now Magazine, #1 on Toronto Star Anti-hit List), joins Nick Teehan with past collaborators and friends Kelsey McNulty (Jadea Kelly, Maylee Todd) and Joe Ernewein (Del Bel, Dr. Draw); each contributing two original yuletide classics apiece. Instead of your usual passing of the figgy pudding Hallelujah Ho Ho Ho explores under-represented holiday themes, such as Joseph the cuckold (Joe’s Lament, Kelsey McNulty), post-recession holiday cheer (Hallelujah Ho Ho Ho, Nick Teehan) and a good old-fashioned Christmas murder ballad (Pines, Joe Ernewein).
Check out the lead single, Teehan’s Boxing Day, an utterly Sprinsteenian shout-out to suburban holiday bush parties. Teehan growls “let’s go down to the tracks tonight, pour gas on a Christmas tree and set it alight”; then caps it off with a wailing tenor sax homage to the late Clarence Clemons played by Teehan himself. The track features all three troubadours, with Kelsey and Joe on piano and bass respectively.
To launch the EP the trio are hosting a private house concert for fifty of their most devoted fans in Teehan’s west-end apartment, on Friday the 13th. “We thought a normal Christmas gig would be less fun. You can never get mulled wine or hot cider at a bar,” says Teehan. “With any luck we can make a tradition out of this sort of thing”.
Each of the trio have forthcoming recordings in the works, with Kelsey’s debut album, excuses for small details slated for a mid-2014 release; Ernewein’s band The Brothers (with brother and co-leader Alex Ernewein) are currently working on their debut album; while Teehan is hitting the studio in spring 2014 for the official follow-up to There is not a Snake, currently writing a musical theatre production of his song “Raccoon” and also recently launched “Sing the Flick with Phil and Nick” a web podcast where he and guitarist Philip George Miles write spontaneous theme songs to popular films.
Hallelujah Ho Ho Ho is co-produced by engineer Neil MacIntosh and the songwriters, with post-production by MacIntosh and JUNO-nominated producer David Arcus (Aline Morales, World Music Album of the Year, 2012).
Download the EP at: http://www.hallelujahhohoho.com
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