The first song, “Home for the Holidays,” on this CD falls neatly into the normal Inoculators catalogue. It’s a high-energy blast of satirical cadence about most everyman/woman’s lament of going home for the holidays. It would make a great punk rock theme song to that Chevy Chase classic movie, Christmas Vacation. I write “theme” because, lyrically, the song follows the theme of that movie but doesn’t go into specifics of why family holidays suck. If people had relatives like Chase had in that flick, then they would love to have this tune to blast over the antics of their family. The second song on Home for the Holidays is a cover of Sting’s, “Message in a Bottle.”Unlike the original, The Inoculators’ version has harder-hitting drums and vocals that crescendo into almost screaming. It’s hard for me to conceptualize why The Inoculators would decide to release a Sting cover song on a holiday CD, making this record bizarre to me. I’m sure it’s just my own pee-brain problem but part of me always wants to laugh at anything Sting-related because of his pop culture reputation for bragging about having seven-hour tantric sex.
–N.L. Dewart (Self-released)