HANS GRUBER AND THE DIE HARDS: Self-titled: CD

It’s the holiday season as I’m writing this, and I can’t think of a more appropriate time of the year to be reviewing a band who takes its name from the villain of one of the best Christmas movies of all time. While I won’t address the controversy surrounding those who think Die Hard isn’t a Christmas movie (they’re wrong), I will say that I think the concept of Hans Gruber And The Die Hards is great. Apart from Die Hard, there are nods here to movies as diverse as Meatballs and Ghostbusters, with the Die Hards’ reimagining of the Ghostbusters theme. When you combine a great concept with great songwriting and performances, the result is an album that is entertaining and really damn catchy. Even after repeated listens, I’m still stoked to blast this in my car. In the words of John McClane, “Yippee ki-yay mother fucker!” –Paul J. Comeau (Hans Gruber, hansgruberandthediehards@gmail.com)