According to former Brandston guitarist Matt Traxler, “‘Christmas in Ohio,’ was written and recorded in a typical, dingy, two-double bed hotel room somewhere between Denver and Ft. Collins, Colorado. We were in the middle of a tour with Paramore and The Rocket Summer, and our van was broken down. I think it was a Saturday and we couldn’t get the part needed for the van until Monday. It was a blur of gas station snacks, delivery pizza, and X-files marathons, at some point we pulled together this Christmas song.
“[The song] was originally written for and released on the compilation: A Santa Cause – It’s A Punk Rock Christmas 2. We dusted it off and had Adam Boose (Cauliflower Audio, Brandtson) remaster and polish it up a bit.”
Now the song is available for your listening and purchasing pleasure (below).
And don’t forget that these ’90s emo-punk favorites reissued their breakout sophomore album, Fallen Star Collection on October 31 via Steadfast Records. Originally released on Deep Elm Records in 1999, the expanded edition finds a new home on the relaunched independent label operated by Traxler.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Steadfast Records reissued the album on vinyl for the first time in a limited edition that comes with a bonus CD that includes 10 previously unreleased demos as well as a 36-page lyric and photo book consisting of live, recording and tour photos specific to the era. Additionally, the album was issued on limited edition cassette.
The vinyl is limited to 500 total copies in the following variants:
“Waking Up To Yellow” (Opaque Bright Yellow) – 125
“Dead In The Water Blue”(Transparent Blue Swirl) – 125
Classic Black 150gm – 250
The very limited edition cassette version:
100 copies light blue shell cassettes, featuring the album
100 copies yellow shellcassettes, featuring the demo recordings
Also available are T-shirts,enamel pins and slip mats.