Boston-based Girls Guns and Glory tell Rolling Stone that they wrote "Holiday Heartache" after a run-in with a plastered pal in Kentucky. "When we arrived on the scene he was drinking Amstel Light and had been up for four days straight," Hayden recalls to Rolling Stone. "He said, 'Boys, whiskey is for the liver, but beer is for the brain!' I wasn't sure if what he said made no sense at all or all the sense in the world, but I knew I had to write it down. It wound up being the line that inspired us to write this song."
Recorded in Brooklyn, and produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, who also oversaw the band's latest album Good Luck, "Holiday Heartache" was originally set for that LP. Instead, the band saved it for the Christmas season, what Hayden says is his favorite time of year as the band plays a series of tribute shows to their hero, Hank Williams, each time this year.
"We started performing this tribute four years ago to honor Hank on the two dates he never got to play: New Year's Eve 1952 he missed due to foul weather, and New Year's Day 1953 because of his untimely passing," Hayden says. "This year we're stoked because the tribute has really started to catch on. We'll be doing seven shows all around the Northeast in late December and early January."
Until then, Girls Guns and Glory are gifting their fan base the "Holiday Heartache" video, which they had originally planned to film on Boston Common. When the weather didn't cooperate, they moved the shoot indoors to Hayden's Medford, Massachusetts, apartment. "We set up our gear around the tree," he says, "and the videographer, Joan Hathaway, filmed us messing around and having a good time."
Watch the the video here.