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Sleigh Bells - Rill, Rill
Nov 13, 2010
Total plays:
64 times
Sounds like: M.I.A., Best Coast, Wavves
Why do we like this?
"We've been a band for, like, ten minutes," Derek Miller cavalierly joked in a New York Times interview this August spotlighting the release of Sleigh Bells' first album Treats. It's true; after their breakout performance at CMJ's Music Marathon, duo Miller and Alexis Krauss started gaining online recognition and eventually the eye of musician M.I.A. Two years later, after playing shows like SXSW, they are now signed to M.I.A.'s label N.E.E.T. and are rallying scorned hearts all over the world on their international tour.

A chance meeting in a neighborhood restaurant in Brooklyn led Alexis Krauss, a fourth-grade teacher having dinner with her mother, to then-waiter and future bandmate, Derek Miller, a former guitarist for hardcore band Poison the Well. As the two got to talking, Miller mentioned he'd been looking for a female vocalist for a new project he was working on. Krauss's mother immediately volunteered her daughter and from that point forward, demos were recorded and Sleigh Bells had been formed.

There's no doubt that these two are a classic example of badass outsiders who are starting to turn heads with their halftime-inspired anthems, which to no surprise is simulated in their latest music video for "Infinity Guitars." With thrashing guitars pounding behind Krauss's brash yet sultry vocals, the band makes waves in the noise pop genre, just as fierce in the studio as they are on stage.

Sleigh Bells sounds best at full volume meant to perforate your eardrums. Atonal chords match Miller's history of angry punk music, complimented by rocker front (wo)man, who gives off the "good girl gone bad" attitude that electrifies her presence on stage. Songs like "Tell 'Em," "Crown on the Ground," and "Rill, Rill" are their best examples of purging electric noise, fuzzed guitars, and hell-raising moans and shouts.

Tim Nordwin of OK GO recently quoted in Mother Jones that Treats was his favorite new release, saying, "It's as if they put a tape recorder in the brain of a three-year-old kid and then wrote a bunch of songs around the constant bombast of his hyperactive, sugar-blown imagination." If you were on the outskirts of that instinctive rush of insubordination and revved-up spirit, then there's no better way to channel that same energy other than having Sleigh Bells rip through your speakers.
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