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"Treats, the debut album from the electro-rock duo Sleigh Bells, is a thrill ride: It’s aggressive but not macho and smart without losing its sense of fun. Most of all, it’s somehow both an aural assault and a piece of pop candy, albeit one in a overblown wrapper. In Sleigh Bells, Derek Miller is responsible for the excessively compressed beats and abrupt guitars, while singer Alexis Krauss provides a melodic counterpoint, with a sweetness that can turn fierce.
For all the aural assaults contained therein, Treats lives up to its name. A guitar in "Infinity Guitars" sounds like The Kinks’ Dave Davies playing "You Really Got Me," while a liberal sample from Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain forms the basis for the breeziest song on the record, "Rill Rill."
The overblown percussion can be exhausting — Treats will certainly be polarizing — but this music is much warmer and bassier than any of the demos I’d heard leading up to the album’s release. I recently made the mistake of putting it on at 6:45 a.m., and I don’t think they meant for me to do that.
Sleigh Bells’ Treats will stream here in its entirety for a week, starting on its May 11 release date."
"When you’re pushing That New Sound in 2010 it does not hurt to be The Loudest. We’re all gonna to be popping hearing aids by 40 thanks to MP3s and ear buds anyway, right? May as well make those hearing years count. So: Sleigh Bells make music to blow your ears out to. You may not be able to grasp certain frequencies after bracing through this particular waveform, but you will not regret it. Trent Reznor wishes he thought of this; so does Lil Jon.
Because those claps and snaps are nothing but crunk. Because nobody has made a guitar sound so hawkish since Jack White. Because it’s got the both the bone crunch of third and long and the pom-pom chants built in. Just look at that album cover– they’re about to assault many NFL highlight reels and the world will be better for it. Meanwhile, Sleigh Bells want to tell us– or ‘em– something. "All the kids these days/ Do you really wanna be that way?" goes the head cheerleader with the tattoos. She’s disappointed with this youth, but she’s not spitting on ‘em. She wants to see more, better. "You could do your best today," she hopes. It’s called leading by example."
From NYmag.com: "Remember “Thug Love,” the awesome Bone Thugs N Harmony–Tupac song that uses the sound of a gun being cocked and shot as a beat? Sleigh Bells — the Brooklyn duo of Derek Miller, formerly of Florida hard-core band Poison the Well, and Alexis Krauss, who once sang in a teen-pop group called Rubyblue — just did it one better. The drums on the act’s new track “Tell ‘Em” go so hard we have to assume they were sampled directly from futuristic U.S. military weapons training covertly recorded by the duo after they accidentally stumbled upon a top-secret army base while on tour in Arizona. “Tell ‘Em” comes from Sleigh Bells’ debut Treats, out May 11. This is the kind of stuff we hope is playing when the world ends."
From Pitchfork: "If you’re half awake get ready to be wide awake. "Tell ‘Em" is the first track from 2010’s promising purveyors of all things loud and pop, Sleigh Bells. Fair warning: This thing will rumble your insides if played at high volumes, i.e. the more of those tiny boxes on your laptop screen are white, the better it sounds."
Check out the full article and the first track from Sleigh Bells’ upcoming album Treats HERE!
Mom + Pop artists Tokyo Police Club and Sleigh Bells played at Coachella last weekend.. Here’s what people have to say:
"In front of thousands of people, [Sleigh Bells’] music was on the right scale: massive, blunt and calibrated with jolts and silences to move big crowds. Ms. Krauss was on the move, too: twirling, leaping, waving, headbanging and exulting that the music had a big enough space to hold it." – NY Times ArtsBeat
"The Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells, despite scant recorded output, pushed a lunchtime crowd into near delirium with its metal-inflected party pop." – LA Times
TOKYO POLICE CLUB:
"..earnest power-pop anthems… this band seems to be growing nicely into its sound. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tokyo Police Club playing the main stage after dark in a year or two’s time."-Entertainment Weekly Music Mix