Noise pop duo Sleigh Bells are masters of leveraging minimal musical elements to maximum effect. Their anthemic tracks often employ little more than a hard-hitting beat, the distorted guitar work of Derek Edward Miller, and the adrenaline-filled vocals of Alexis Krauss, but despite their stripped-down makeup they always sound larger than life. From the fuzzed-out stomp of "Infinity Guitars" to the pummel-pop of "Comeback Kid", Sleigh Bells' high-energy sound is matched by their equally electrifying performances on tour.
Sleigh Bells, a.k.a. Alexis Krauss and Derek Edward Miller, formed in Brooklyn in 2008. They released a self-titled debut EP in 2009, and soon afterwards signed to M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. record label for their 2010 debut full-length album Treats. The album cracked the Top 40 of the Billboard 200, propelled by considerable blog buzz and catchy singles like "Tell 'Em". A slew of high-profile festival appearances followed, including performances at Coachella, Primavera Sound, and the Pitchfork Music Festival. Their 2012 sophomore album Reign of Terror was an even bigger success, peaking at No. 12 in the US and landing on charts throughout Europe. In 2013 Sleigh Bells released their third album Bitter Rivals to another round of critical praise, supporting the release with a 30 date US tour.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
"...Sleigh Bells and Alexis Krauss are refreshingly charismatic and one of the only groups that actually knows how to put on a rock show. Their sound is stripped down but refined. Minimalist but full."
"Saw Sleigh Bells on the last show of their tour and they were incredible. Brought all the energy of their recordings times 1000."
"This was my first Sleigh Bells show and it was incredible! The crowd was so into it. I left a sweaty mess. Her voice, the beat, and the guitar?! I didn't know if I wanted to lose my mind, dance, or crowd surf."