Sad-bastard Christmas songs are the best, from the Pretenders’ “2000 Miles” to Jesse Malin’s “Xmas.”
Fauxbois tweaks the formula a bit on “Will You Be Mine,” a mash note to Christmas that pairs melancholy piano-based music with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility: “Christmas, are you free?/Or are you still dating New Year’s Eve?” sings Brian Mayer, who started the band as a one-man project called Mayerforceone when he still lived in Brooklyn in 2000.
After moving home to Boise, Idaho, in 2001, his solo thing grew into a full band, which released the full-length debut “Carry On” this year on Spark & Shine Records (making Fauxbois labelmates with Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, a Listen, Dammit, favorite).
Fauxbois’ publicist promises extensive touring in 2011, though dates so far are limited to a handful of January shows in Washington and Oregon.
Will You Be Mine mp3