Sleigh Bells Prep for the Big Fight in 'Bitter Rivals' Video

Electric two-piece returns with fierce new single and an album release date

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Candy-coated pop-shredders Sleigh Bells have wasted no time following up last year's ripping Reign of Terror, announcing today that their third album Bitter Rivals will be in stores on October 8. The onetime SPIN cover stars have also debuted the album's eponymous lead single — which got accidentally streamed last week — via the appropriately amped-up video you see above, which finds our ax-wielding hosts getting pumped up for what's sure to be a big fight. (Though we've yet to learn who their rivals are.) As if there were any doubt, "Bitter Rivals" confirms that Sleigh Bells are still sounding very much like themselves, with mega-crunch riffs and bleacher-stomp percussion powering a track that's half-motivation, half-snarl: "You are my bitter rival, but I need you for survival," Alexis Krauss sings at an unnamed foe. The self-produced LP features 10 songs and will be accompanied by a lengthy tour with Doldrums:

Sleogh Bells, Bitter Rivals track list:

1. Bitter Rivals
2. Sugarcane
3. Minnie
4. Sing Like a Wire
5. Young Legends
6. Tiger Kit
7. You Don't Get Me Twice
8. To Hell With You
9. 24
10. Lovesick

Sleigh Bells tour dates:

October 4 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
October 10 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore
October 11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
October 12 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox at Market
October 15 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
October 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
October 20 - San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
October 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Grand
October 23 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird
October 25 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
October 26 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
October 27 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's
October 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
October 30 - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
November 1 - St. Petesburg, FL @ State Theatre
November 2 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 4 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone
November 5 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
November 6 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
November 8 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
November 9 - Columbus, OH @ Newport
November 10 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
November 12 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
November 13 - Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix
November 14 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
November 16 - Boston, MA @ Royale
November 17 - Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
November 19 - Washington, DC @ Upstate Concert Hall
November 20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
November 22 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5*

* with Danny Brown 

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