It’s not Christmastime without an annual Killers song. For the seventh time now, The Killers have decked the halls with yet another Christmas single. Since 2006, the Las Vegas based rockers have written original Christmas songs to raise money for the (RED) campaign. Every year, the songs are released on World AIDS Day, and all proceeds are directly donated to the (RED) organization to further fight against AIDS in Africa.
Past Christmas tunes include “A Great Big Sled” (2006), “Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus” (2007), “Joseph, Better You Than Me” (2008), “Happy Birthday Guadalupe!” (2009), “Boots” (2010) and “The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball” (2011). Last year, The Killers compiled all of the tracks onto the(RED) Christmas EP.
“The Christmas song is always in the back of my mind. We release it every year on World AIDS Day, and it brings so much joy to this bubble that we’re in. So much is so serious: you know, deadlines and making gigs and travelling. And every year it just brings more smiles than anything else has. They’re such a blessing. This will be the seventh one, and as long as we’re going, there will always be a Killers Christmas song,” said frontman Brandon Flowers in an interview.
“I Feel It In My Bones” picks up where “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” left off, telling the story of the big bad Santa whose “ho ho ho”s are more of “ha ha ha”. (Ryan Pardey chimes in on the vocals and voice-overs as evil Santa.) This time around, Flowers and the gang are trying to get on Santa’ good side and switch lists.
“Maybe I was naughty once but now I’m nice,” Flowers pleads. Of course, this Santa is not having it.
The Killers’ portrayal of Santa may not be the most kid-friendly though, as he comes equipped with a sword and cigarettes when he goes on a manhunt through the deserts of Las Vegas on his motorcycle. “What happened to the rose red cheeks/ Chimney, big bag presents and all/ Fat and jolly/ Tinsel holly?”
It’s a darker song for the holidays, but really rocks around the Christmas tree. You’ll still feel those guitar chords in your bones all through the night beneath that leather jacket.