The Martial Arts release a new EP, ‘Christmas With The Martial Arts’.

A Bandcamp-only release, the four tracks comprise two new original songs and two cover versions.

It’s the first new material from Paul Kelly (also of BMX Bandits/Carla J Easton collaborator) since last year’s EP, ‘I Used To Be The Martial Arts‘.

Including lead single ‘Stockings‘ with its video directed by Gregor Barclay, the set of “winter anthems” were mixed by Sam Smith of Green Door Studios.

Kelly talked us through the EP’s four tracks…

“‘Stockings’ is a snowstorm of Wrecking Crew-bombast as seen through the lens of Roy Wood, while ‘Snow Flakes’ wouldn’t be out of place on the Mac’s ‘Tango In The Night’.

“‘My Christmas Was In June’, originally by Redd Kross/That Dog splinter group Ze Malibu Kids, evokes a dream-pop Everly Brothers, while a cover of Molly Nilsson’s ‘Blinded By The Night’ brings proceedings to a close with the none more apt for 2020 opening line ‘an uncertain Spring changed it all’…

The Martial Arts will release a new 5-song EP on the Last Night From Glasgow label in April 2021, to be followed by the follow-up to their debut album, ‘Your Sinclair’.

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