The all-female Belgian rock choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers delivers an alternative to the over-used holiday canon with December, a collection that explores a selection of non-traditional holiday songs by The Pretenders, Smashing Pumpkins, Damien Rice, The Band, and Linkin Park, as well as two new original compositions. The band have also unveiled an official video for their cover of Linkin Park's "My December," streaming now on YouTube. December is available now in stores and on iTunes.
Hailed by NPR as “rock’s heavenly choir,” Scala & Kolacny enjoyed a memorable year leading up to December that was highlighted by a worldwide tour, the release of its second album in the U.S. (It All Led To This), and even more of its songs used in television and films, including its chilling version of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” currently heard in the trailer for Showtime’s Golden Globe®-winning drama Homeland and their iconic take on Radiohead’s “Creep” from the trailer to The Social Network.
The idea for the album grew out of a recent concert that was to be broadcast on Christmas day. In search of interesting songs ideas, the group asked fans on its Facebook page to suggest their favorite alternative holiday gems. A couple of hours later, they had a list of over 140 songs and the roots of December, says Steven Kolacny. “The shortlist of songs seemed perfect. They sounded heavenly but none of the songs was really well-known, which makes the CD even more surprising. Of course, the word ‘Christmas’ can be heard frequently, but not in cliché lyrics, which people usually hear at this time of the year. Most of the songs seem like a perfect sound track for December days…”
Led by Steven Kolacny and his brother, conductor Stijn Kolacny, Scala’s music has been featured on a diverse array of television shows including Downton Abbey, Covert Affairs, The Simpsons (twice!), Sons Of Anarchy, Desperate Housewives and Nikita.
December Track Lising: 1. “My December” — originally performed by Linkin Park 2. “Christmastime” — originally performed by Smashing Pumpkins 3. “Christmas Lights” — originally performed by Coldplay 4. “River” — originally performed by Joni Mitchell 5. “Christmas Must Be Tonight” — originally performed by The Band 6. “Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time)” — originally performed by Pearl Jam 7. “2000 Miles” — originally performed by The Pretenders 8. “It’s Christmas! Let’s Be Glad” — originally performed by Sufjan Stevens 9. “Tears Can Sparkle Too” — Steven Kolacny 10. “Sun-Kissed Snow” — Steven Kolacny 11. “Wintersong” — originally performed by Sarah McLachlan 12. “Did I Make The Most Of Loving You” — John Lunn / Don Black 13. “Eskimo” — originally performed by Damien Rice