The Bedside Morale – ‘Bitter Things’

The Bedside Morale unveil ‘Bitter Things’: A poignant 80s-infused anthem of insecurity and deception

Bitter Things
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Following their raucous debut single, ‘Safeword,’ from September, indie-rock ensemble The Bedside Morale unveil their latest single, ‘Bitter Things.’

Released today, the band’s sophomore single is an 80’s-infused anthem that pushes the boundaries of retro-styled rock. Serving as a precursor to their forthcoming debut EP anticipated for 2024, the track was produced and mixed by Josh Gallop (Mother Vulture, Krooked Tongue, Phoxjaw) at Stage 2 Studios. Venturing into themes of isolation, duplicity, and the perils of insecurity-driven habits, the track features infectious hooks, syncopated drumming, Paul Simon-inspired basslines, and evocative vocals.

Discussing the song’s genesis, the band members elaborate:

“We’ve been really keen to try a call-and-response song, calling out with a hooky riff a la The Police or R.E.M., and responding with a sultry and low-key verse section. The chorus came very naturally and Tim’s vocal line is gorgeous… Lyrically with this one we really wanted to draw on a more conversational style that a lot of our favourite musicians do so expertly. That expositional outline of the character of a man. This was the first time we’ve done any real character work in a song. That’s not to say there’s no real-world grounding for this person but this man is more of a villain. He uses negativity as a way of manipulation, at some point in his life found that self-pity got him what he wanted, and he’ll sink to the absolute depths just to use someone for his own personal gain. So this one’s for that guy. Or, in truth, the deeply insecure, messy reality of that man. We all see you and we all see what you’re doing.”

‘Bitter Things’ is slated for release on December 1st across all major streaming platforms.

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