Tricky things Christmas songs. Get it right and they sum up that Christmas spirit in just a few brief minutes, invoking an almost Pavlovian response and inspiring an uncanny yearning to stuff things every time you hear a really great one. Kirsty and The Pogues, The Waitresses, Slade, Wizzard, Wham...er...East 17...(oh alright then, Cliff too) what would Christmas be like without 'em eh? Happily the last couple of years have seen a bit of a rebirth for the Christmas song, following a lull not doubt caused by the near certainty that whoever won X Factor would automatically get to number one. Tom from Editors (trading as Funny Looking Angels) made a fine effort in 2011 with The Christmas Song and Goodnight Lenin have pitched in this year with the equally lovely A Winter's Night. Now Layers have just thrown their Santa hat into the ring too with an effort that manages to be as sentimental as The Snowman one minute and as rocking as Rage Against The Machine's honorary Christmas song...Killing In The Name Of the next (10 out of 10 for the video too). A neat trick eh? I ruddy love it. With bells on. And what's this? Oh my oh my...if you've been a good boy or girl you can catch Layers - hopefully doing this track - live this Saturday night at The Sunflower Lounge with Castrovalva and Exit International too!