Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio we’ve been listening to The Mars McClanes cover of Augie Rios’ 1958 hit, ¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?.
We love The Mars McClanes. We’ve previously reviewed their tracks, The Liar, Broke Kid and Day Is Done and every time, we’re bowled over by their recognisable own sound that fills your ears with both fun and excellent musicianship.
Just to be clear… we hate Christmas songs, but if anyone was going to change our minds, then it would be The Mars McClanes, and honestly… this track rocks!!
¿Dónde Está Santa Claus? has a funky strut to it with a slightly Latin-feeling rock beat. We sneaked a quick listen to the original track from Augie Rios and wow, have The Mars McClanes put their own spin on this!
It’s almost impossible to take the “cheese” out of a Christmas song, but listening to the difference between the Mars McClanes and the original track, they’ve certainly managed to squeeze more than just a little out of it!!
We love the trademark layered vocals and the crunching guitars, together with the classy little incidental guitar lines.
At two and a half minutes long, with a stinger ending (including the words “good night!”) this could well be a track which is picked up by commercial radio. Stations are more willing to play tracks by lesser-known artists when their competition is the usual Christmas hits that are dragged out year after year. The question is… is this what the Mars McClanes want to be remembered for?!
Seriously though, this is a wonderful track, reminding us in several ways of the tongue-in-cheek approach that Kevin Fowler had in his “Santa Got Busted By The Border Patrol”. Guys, if you send us any more Christmas songs, please make it a cover of this!
Ideas from our ears
As they always do, these guys have produced a tight and clear track. To our ears, a small boost at around 60Hz would increase the thump of the kick drum and a cut at 192Hz would reduce a slightly ‘muddy’ peak on the top snare mic. A small boost centred around 12kHz would increase the brightness and crispness, particularly in the drum track. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
The Mars McClanes always impress us. They are well up there in our list of favourites this year and we always look forward to hearing their music.