Sweet Sour (song)

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"Sweet Sour"
Single by Band of Skulls
from the album Sweet Sour
Released January 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Garage rock,[1] blues rock,[2] hard rock,[2] alternative rock[3]
Length 3:20
Label Electric Blues Recordings, Vagrant Records
Songwriter(s) Band of Skulls

"Sweet Sour" is a song by English rock band Band of Skulls, from their 2012 album of the same name. Written by the band and released as a single just prior to the album's release, it reached #29 on the US Alternative Songs chart[4] and #86 on the UK Singles chart.


In a favorable review of the album, Paste Magazine's Ryan Reed described the song "head-crushing" with a "sludgey, Sabbath-esque hammer-on riff." [5]

Chris Schulz of the New Zealand Herald said that the song was passionate and energetic, playing to the band's strengths, and called it "slow-burning but blistering."[6]

In February 2012, "Sweet Sour" was chosen as the iTunes Single of the Week concurrently with the album's iTunes release.[7]

In 2012, Bands of Skulls performed the song on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge and the Late Show with David Letterman.

In 2013, the song won an Independent Music Award for Best Rock/Hard Rock Song. [8]

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Sweet Sour" was released in early 2012. Entirely in black and white, it features a boy, who kicks a boombox at the beginning of the video and is later shown dancing, lifting weights, and boxing in a blighted urban environment.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Hewitt, Ben (8 February 2012). "Review of Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Hong, Nianyi (14 February 2012). "Band of Skulls: Sweet Sour". Popmatters. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Donnelly, Alessandra (21 May 2012). "Band Of Skulls: Sweet Sour". The Aquarian Weekly. Arts Weekly, Inc. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Band of Skulls". Billboard Magazine. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  5. ^ Ree, Ryan (2012-02-14). "Band of Skulls: Sweet Sour". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  6. ^ Chris, Schulz (2012-02-23). "Album Review: Band of Skulls, Sweet Sour". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  7. ^ "VAGRANT: Band of Skulls". Vagrant Records. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  8. ^ "12th Annual Independent Music Awards Winners Announced!" Independent Music Awards, 11 June 2013. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 2013.