Dragged Under backstory
Tony Cappocchi [vocals], Ryan Bruce [guitar], Sean Rosario [guitar], Hans Hessburg [bass], and Kalen Anderson [drums] are Dragged Under.
And they strike the balance between thrashed-up punk, pit-splitting hardcore, technical metal and hooky alternative.
Cappocchi and Bruce initially cut their teeth in Washington underground favourite Rest Repose.
And inspired by fellow genre-breakers Beartooth and Cave In, their vision for Dragged Under crystallised.
In between touring with The Used and Dead American, they unveiled debut album The World Is In Your Way in January.
Generating seven million streams to-date, Dragged Under are a big noise in punk right now.
In Dragged Under frontman Tony Cappocchi’s own words:
“This Holiday is our answer to all the super happy Christmas songs that are forced on us year after year.
“They’re all so cheery and bubblegum and the reality is that the holidays aren’t like that for everyone.
“A lot of people (especially this year) don’t think of the holidays as a great time.
“Whether they’ve lost someone, don’t have family or money or just don’t like being around people pretending to like each other.
“I had skipped holidays for years while working my dead-end retail job and I think it made me a little cold to the holidays.
“Especially when people come to the mall and only think about themselves while screaming at the retail worker because they didn’t have the right toy!
“We’ve lost the reason for the season.”
The verdict on This Holiday
It’s an anti-capitalist, anti-commercial, anti-excess, anti-social anthem in the finest tradition of the festive period’s most cynical songs.
Cappocchi is scarily believable as punk rock’s answer to The Grinch.
And the jingle bells bookending a sea-shanty styled anthem work a treat.
One-liners like ‘I took a piss on your burning yule log’ and ‘Rudolph fuck off, don’t turn your nose up at me’ are inspired.
And while Cappocchi — a former mall worker — clearly means what he says it’s impossible to suppress a laugh as a rollicking tune rolls on.
The best Christmas song since The Darkness’s Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)? You bet.
What’s next for Dragged Under
The expanded edition of The World Is In Your Way was released on Friday via Mascot Records.
The band has announced that they’ll be supporting The Ghost Inside on the metalcore titan’s incredible sold out comeback show on July 3at the O2 Academy Brixton, London.
Dragged Under are also due to be playing 2000 Trees Festival on July 10.