Sunbear – Leadbelt


I don’t get giddy that often but on occasion during crucial World Cup qualifiers or when I hear a classic track I tend to lose all grown up reason. This affliction has been happening a good bit of late and I’ll put it down to all of the reissues on our indiecater label (as well as Ireland’s hopeless attempts to play properly). The latest is from Dublin band Sunbear and is called ‘Bits’ because it collects a couple of their hard to find EP’s (‘Bits and Pieces’ and ‘Dog’) and some unreleased tracks from the mid 1990’s. To tell you I was in 7th heaven when I heard this was going to happen is an understatement because Sunbear are truly one of my favourite bands ever (you can still hear/see them in their current incarnation as the Ruby Tailights) and ‘Leadbelt’ is close to being my favourite track by them. It comes straight out of the blocks and then slowly descends into off-kilter greatness. You’ll hear MBV, Ride and Sonic Youth but most of all you’ll hear a young Dublin band in experimental free flow while never forgetting that most people are visiting to hear a classic piece of tuneage. ‘Bits’ is available for €4 on indiecater and the first 20 people who buy it will get an ultra rare CD of the band’s eponymous debut. KD

Sunbear – Leadbelt

More Info: Official & Myspace
Buy Songs: Sunbear
Year: 2009

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