The Mavericks approached their upcoming Hey! Merry Christmas!, whose "I Have Wanted You For Christmas" is premiering completely under, with one mantra — to make new vacation music, not new variations of outdated songs.
"I needed to tackle the problem of really writing Christmas songs," frontman Raul Malo tells Streets Talkin. "I didn't wish to simply do an album of covers and do 'Jingle Bells' and 'Frosty the Snowman' and no matter. I feel there's loads of these. The problem was actually to attempt to write some songs."
Malo and his mates did simply that. Hey! Merry Christmas!, which comes out Nov. 2, options eight originals, together with variations of the requirements "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" and "Happy Holiday." Writing the brand new songs wasn't significantly daunting, in line with Malo, nevertheless it did take "a while" — roughly two years, Malo estimates — earlier than the group felt it had all it wanted.
"Truthfully, there's by no means a time that's conducive for it," Malo explains. "During Christmastime you're probably not impressed to put in writing Christmas music; You're busy with children, households, events, no matter. You're not into settling down and getting on with the duty at hand. And when it's not Christmastime…" Nevertheless, Malo and firm discovered a approach to make that work to their benefit.
"I do know this sounds bizarre and possibly, like, anti-Christmas, however you must have a sure emotional detachment from it to actually be capable to get into writing a Christmas album," he says. "That approach it turns into simply one other tune, simply one other gig, one thing else you must accomplish. So what higher approach to try this than gap up in Arizona within the warmth of the desert and write some songs? That's what we did and we began getting on a little bit of a roll and, rattling, earlier than we knew it we had a Christmas report."
The Mavericks' new songs come from a wide range of views, together with high-spirited materials reminiscent of "Santa Wants to Take You For a Ride" and the title monitor. "I Have Wanted You For Christmas," in the meantime, is meant to be "the quintessential Christmas love tune on the album," in line with Malo. "It's only a stunning sentiment and a catchy little love tune," he says. "With Christmas you’ll be able to definitely not fear a lot in regards to the cliché stuff, 'trigger it's all been executed one million occasions — and it's sort of anticipated. You simply attempt to write a intelligent lyric or an attention-grabbing lyric that hopefully folks can hold on to."
The Mavericks will carry out a handful of vacation reveals to assist Hey! Merry Christmas!," however Malo views all this as a one-and-done prospect because the group gears up for its subsequent challenge — an all-Spanish album he hopes will come out subsequent 12 months. "We're not going to do a Christmas tour yearly or something like that," Malo says. "We don't need it to show into that. The report will likely be on the market yearly, and hopefully yearly it would get some play. But it's not going to be a part of our common calendar. That's not why we did it in any respect."