Tender Bats is a Seattle shoegaze/dreampop band that I know almost nothing about. They are a two-piece fronted by Leah Rosen. There’s also a guy named Dom. They formed in 2012, and until April of this year, they were called Annie Holiday.
They released a series of digital demo EPs this year, and at some point in the not-too-distant future, they plan to release an album made up of finished versions of those nine songs.
I’d never heard of Tender Bats until yesterday when I was doing some research about a different band. While listening to something via Soundcloud, a Tender Bats song came up as a recommended track. It wasn’t tonight’s song, but it definitely caught my attention. If you really need to know, the song that first caught my attention was the dreamy, tuned percussion-infused song “Karma”, which reminds me quite a bit of Memoryhouse.
Instead, I’m making this other song my song of the day.
“I’d Rather Die Alone in a Hospital Bed and Meet an Amazing Ghost Than Get Back Into a Half-assed Relationship With You” by Tender Bats
Or, in other words, “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together”. Hate all you want. Taylor Swift can write the fuck out of a song.
I love “I’d Rather Die Alone…” because it’s a little goth-y and a little post-punk-ish with the weird synth organs and drum machine and whatnot. Still, though, it maintains a very dreamy atmosphere. All of that is helped along by Rosen’s airy vocals. Especially the angelic second vocal track in the second verse and also in the third chorus. That stuff right there is well worth the price of admission.