Christmas brings with it mistletoe, egg nog, elves, Santa, and, for the last six years, a charity single from The Killers.
The Las Vegas-based group revealed its seven annual stocking stuffer, “I Feel It In My Bones,” over the weekend on Rollingstone.com. In the retro, ringing, ’80s guitar-driven rocker, Brandon Flowers is writing his annual letter to Santa, and their relationship has been, to put it bluntly, a little rocky. Santa still thinks he”s been a little more naughty than nice and it”s going to take a lot of convincing to talk him out of delivering a lump of coal.
“Hey Kringle, you mean to say when you were young, it never got wild,” Flowers calls out to Santa, who”s having none of it and has decided to make an example out of this bad boy.
Amid the ringing sleigh bells and hollow-sounding “Ho, ho, ho,” this Santa has one heck of a sinister laugh going on that would even give the Grinch the willies.
The band”s drummer, Ronnie Vannucci, told NME that the song is a “reworking” of a demo from “Battle Born” writing sessions. “This song was basically started a while back and we just finished it and changed it into more of a Christmas song. It was mixed by Alan Moulder, he did it when we were over in the UK a couple of weeks ago.”
The big-hearted (if not-big boned) rockers will donate all proceeds from the sale of the song to (RED), which fights the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. It will be available starting Dec. 4 on iTunes. A video, shot in both the U.K. and Las Vegas, will be released shortly.
Hear the track here.