Nothing gets you more in the spirit for the holidays like Christmas music, and Vintage Trouble are here to focus your hearts on the most important aspect of the season: giving. Today via Paste they share “Santa Why,” which calls out to ol’ St. Nick through soulful vocals and a steady reggae-inspired beat, asking him, “Why give more to the rich than to the poor?”
Frontman Ty Taylor shared a video to talk about the origins of the song, explaining that he came across a billboard in Los Angeles that read, “Why does Santa give more to the rich kids than to the poor kids?” The sign evoked rumination from the singer on issues of inequality and class. “And I thought that as a child, you must wonder, no matter how good you are in school, no matter how good you are to other people, someone is always going to come to school on Monday with more toys than you,” he said. “If that person has more money than you, it seems like Santa like them more than he likes you.”
Taylor added, “That can be hard for some people who start out their lives not feeling like they’re equal from the beginning, and with this whole Santa Claus thing, and the way the gifts are doled out, that’s a reason to make some kid grow up thinking he can never be as good as someone else.”
Stream the track—which will be made available as a free download tomorrow, Dec. 15—via SoundCloud or watch the lyric video below, then watch Taylor explain the song’s origins and check out footage from Vintage Trouble’s latest Paste session further down.