August 16th 2010
The London gig on August 7th was reviewed on Drowned in Sound:
"Bathed in hellish red lighting as beads of sweat drip from our brows, Sleigh Bells’ Alexis and Derek take the stage to thunderous death metal, looking like two championship boxers entering the ring for the final slugs in a knock out match. Alexis, eyes the crowd through her cat like glare throughout the soaring stars and stripes riff of ‘Tell ‘Em’. Although, the sound suffers as the OBL’s battered PA robs it of some of its impact, the building decibels of ‘Infinity Guitars Throws’ cuts straight through and finally gets the crowd moving. ‘A/B Machines’ ranks ups the momentum as Alexis flicks water into the crowd as a mini mosh pit erupts."
Visit the site below to read the rest of the review. They got an 8/10!
July 28th 2010
There’s a new batch of press out about Sleigh Bells!
Robot Scream has nothing but praise, while warning computer speakers everywhere of their impending doom.
Yeah Right Blog picked "Rill Rill" as their Song of the Week on the 18th.
MusicOMH.com has a breakdown of the band’s sound to hype up the UK release of Treats (coming to the UK on the 9th of August).
PreFix Mag online has an interview with the band that occurred just before their Pitchfork Music Festival set. They talk a lot about songs they’ve been writing on the road.
Self-TitledMag.com has posted an interview with Derek Miller that resulted from a small Twitter feud that arose between Miller and the magazine.
July 21st 2010
July 15th 2010
There have been several reviews of "Treats" recently:
Several of Paste Magazine‘s "Best Music of 2010 (So Far)" lists include it.
It also received positive reviews in the Seattle PI, at WalletPop.com, at GrooveMine.com, and at NotZombies.com.
It is currently on the Rolling Stone’s Top College Radio Albums chart:
Also, One Song a Day Blog LOVES "Crown On The Ground."
June 2nd 2010
Check out the great article about Sleigh Bells in the latest issue of NME!
May 13th 2010
Check out the latest issue of Rolling Stone to see the Sleigh Bells "Breaking" piece and the "Tell ‘Em" single review!
May 11th 2010
Check out NPR.org to listen to "Treats" streaming in its entirety for a week! LISTEN HERE!
"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."
May 7th 2010
"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."
April 29th 2010
Photo: Roger Kisby/Getty Images
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."
Check out the full article HERE.