Sing Like a Wire

Album: Bitter Rivals (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Guitarist Derek Miller originally came up with this song in 2005, and it was one of the first things Alexis Krauss sang when they formed Sleigh Bells in 2008. Miller told NME: "I didn't know what to do with it from a production standpoint. I tried it on Treats but it was too macho and meaty and big-sounding. IT was too muscular. So I had to thin it out. That was sort of the opposite approach, to sort of thin it out which is why the verses are really tiny sounding."
  • The song starts off with a nod to Michael Jackson's legendary producer, Quincy Jones. "Quincy Jones, his autobiography definitely changed my life," Miller told NME. "If you listen to those horn stabs in the intro, it's the beginning of 'Bad.' It was sort of done as a joke? But besides that I just think it sounds bad ass. The tempo as well it's like, 108 bpm."

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