Published on December 18th, 2016 | by Denise Borders
Album Review: Margate “Snow Day”
Despite forming in 2003, Margate brings a 90’s melodic pop-punk sound to the scene that delivers home a nostalgic feeling for many punk fans. Last year, they released their full-length album Beards In Paradise via El Hefe’s label, Cyber Tracks. Now, the band has conjured together a Christmas album entitled, Snow Day, which will be released December 16th on Cyber Tracks, marking the band’s third release on the label.
Xmas At Potsie’s
I Had A Tall One
Snow Day (acoustic)
I Had A Tall One (acoustic)
Let me start off by saying, I had the best intentions to get this review published before the 16th (the album’s release date), but I failed. But….. onward! The first thing I love about this album is that it’s original Christmas music. I don’t necessarily hate on bands that do Christmas song covers, but it’s just not as fun to hear the same songs done over and over, so I’m really glad they decided to write their own stuff that still sounds like them while having a Christmas theme.
The title track, Snow Day, is my favorite of the three songs. Who doesn’t smile thinking about snow days from growing up? Although many of you (if you’re from the west coast, like the band) may not know what that feeling even is! Well, I do and it was always rad. The short intro, “Snow Day? Snow, yeah!” also makes me smile, it embodies what this band is about, which seems to be pure fun. This 90 second track is great and got me stoked to hear the rest!
Xmas at Potsie’s is also a great track, but I don’t know who or what Potsie’s is, so we can just move passed that. For being three new tracks (plus the two acoustic ones), the other being I Had a Tall One (which is typical Margate style and makes me want to go have a beer with my friends somewhere cool), I listened to this album over and over. Mixing in the acoustic versions is nice because they’re such an upbeat band, hearing their slower, more mellow side is a nice change of pace.
The album is short, sweet and OH SO CHEERY, you just can’t get sick of it! It will definitely be on rotation every holiday season. Hell, maybe I’ll even sneak it in midyear every once in a while, you know, LIVE ON THE EDGE. Check out the band’s website for updates and make sure to grab your copy of Snow Day now!!!