Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Sleigh Bells - Bitter Rivals

What’s your favourite dog barking on a record moment? We like Been Caught Stealing by Jane’s Addiction. Now Sleigh Bells wade in for a bit of dogging action (whoops) with new track Bitter Rivals. What do you think of it? We ask because for some reason the band (or the band’s team) have disabled the comments on the Soundcloud player, almost as if they’re afraid of negativity. 

Is it that bad? Well, we’re pretty certain that Sleigh Bells are never going to have the impact that their debut had ever again. Why? Because having been assaulted with the glorious racket that was Treats, any attempt at repeating the ear shredding guitars, heavy-as-fuck beats and melodic pop vocal delivery will never quite match up to the incredible noise-shag that was the first time. Bitter Rivals (which is also the title track of the bands third LP) sounds a little glossier, a little cleaner, a little less harsh and strangely reminds us of Stourbridge’s finest Pop Will Eat Itself from the late 80’s and early 90’s (anyone remember them?) with a female vocalist. This is not altogether a bad thing. 

Sleigh Bells - Bitter Rivals


Christopher McBride said...

It's my dream to one day hear a band that takes Supremes-esque girlband pop vocals, which are then delivered over death metal guitars, drums. Until that day comes however, I will have to settle for the occasional anime theme song, and Sleigh Bells. Bitter Rivals sounds more like 1st album SB, which is odd, as I quite like this despite being indifferent to their debut.

Anonymous said...

I vote Sleigh Bells as worst song ever released... its just horrible!!!