Listening to the new The Saba Brothers’ single, their contribution to this year’s Christmas playlist, one gets a good idea of the scope of this band’s abilities, this newly adopted style converging with their usual kind to create an interesting indie-folk rock pop mix. Though it isn’t such a radical departure from their previous two singles, Walk Away and Life’s AJourney—they’re utilising the same instrumentation, adhering to a similar traditional pop arrangement—by broadening their sound they have perhaps inadvertently created an opportunity for their music to be heard by an entirely different audience. Their two previous singles, which were all greeted enthusiastically on a national level at radio and attracted a lot of social media attention, contained all the vibrancy and sparkle of this new record, though seemed to speak to a demographic much like the band’s own.
On this track, the demographic is widened, allowing the listener to catch a glimpse of the Saba Brothers musical progression. Rock It All Night Long is another in a long line of ‘rock’ inspired Christmas singles—Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody is one such example, though the list of rock-styled versions is quite all-encompassing—which fuse the goodwill message of the holiday season with the energy and immediacy of a candid performance. The Saba Brothers’ indie folk-tinged song attempts to get to the heart of what this celebration, to some, is about—love, music, friendship, family —and does so by communicating directly to us, using the very subject they are championing.
The sentiment in the lyric is just as it should be, ‘it’s all about the music, it’s all about fun, it’s all about dancing, it’s all about love’, and no one can argue with that. The melodic arc, which follows a chord pattern similar to a typical eight-bar blues progression, reaches a peak with the chorus with the refrain an easy melody to grasp and reproduce—perfect for this kind of song. Rock It All Night Long will make a worthy addition to your yuletide soundtrack.