Sleigh bells immediately identify that this song will deal with Christmas material, but what Dublin, Ireland’s Bradley Gillis does with Santa Claus is Rockin’ is create a wholly new Christmas track. There are nods to the previous corpus of Christmas songs, but what listeners will hear with Santa Claus is Rockin’ is a fully-formed rock track that has a good amount of meat on its bones. This means that there are saxophones, trumpets, piano, drums, bass, a full strings section, and even a children’s choir that all make their grand appearance on Santa Claus is Rockin’ over the course of three minutes. While the time that each part is present in the song is limited, the removal of any of these would be a vital blow – everything has its place in Santa Claus is Rockin’.
The density of this track means that it can be played often without having the same sort of fatigue that typically occurs with seasonal music during the middle of December. Everything in this single feels honest and heartfelt, and I believe that each constituent performer has given it their all with this single.
Bradley Gillis’ Santa Claus is Rockin’ is an effort that will continue to gain accolades as more hear it, but I want to hear more music from this performer. The sheer ability of Gillis to come forth and have such a disparate sounds of styles and influences in this single showcases a mind for music that is simply unparalleled with current performers. Watch the video, add Bradley Gillis’ Facebook and add Santa Claus is Rockin’ to your playlist of holiday songs. This effort is enough to instill some holiday cheer into even the most miserly of listeners.