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Sleigh Bells

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Brooklyn, New York, USA (2008 – present)

Sleigh Bells is an and duo formed in 2008 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The band members are Alexis Krauss (vocalist, lyricist) and Derek E. Miller (songwriter, guitarist, producer). Miller was formerly the guitarist for the hardcore band Poison the Well, and Krauss was a member of the teen pop group RubyBlue.

In 2008, Miller was waiting tables at a neighborhood Brazilian restaurant, Miss Favela, where he encountered Alexis and her mother. When he mentioned he was looking for a female vocalist to work with on a musical project, Krauss’ mother immediately volunteered her. After steadily gaining popularity throughout 2009, Sleigh Bells signed to M.I.A.’s label N.E.E.T. in Spring 2010.

The duo released the 7-track EP Sleigh Bells. The EP received much attention and all but the last two tracks were re-recorded for their debut album.

Sleigh Bells issued the single “Tell ‘Em” as a free download in April 2010. On 11 May 2010, they released their debut full-length album entitled Treats. Amidst blown-out drum beats, fuzzed guitars and synth-pop sensibilities, Krauss balances each song with a voice that is both forceful and elegant. Four other singles supported the album: “Crown on the Ground”, “Infinity Guitars”, “Rill Rill” and “Riot Rhythm”.

Sleigh Bells began recording songs for their second studio album in June 2011. Describing the sound of the new album, Krauss said, “It sounds really huge, so there’s going to still be tons of volume”.

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  • lightdeceiver

    You know I only really got around to listening to the newest album today and I'll be honest, I was expecting it to be crap from all the reviews but I was so surprised! I think it's their best yet! They seem to have improved with every album in my opinion but I can still see why a lot of you guys prefer their first.... It just boils down to different tastes really. I think you probably do have to be a fan of at least a little pop music to appreciate Bitter Rivals because it is quite poppy & not as heavy as Treats. I don't agree they they've stayed the same at all, all the albums are quite different, I'm surprised some people don't see that.

    18 Apr 9:33am Reply
  • AnnChess

    I still don't understand the hate with the new album. Minnie, Sing Like a Wire, Young Legends and To Hell With You are some of my absolute favorite songs by them!

    5 Apr 2:56am Reply
  • Hoffy17

    I think their appeal has just worn off a bit, especially 'cos they haven't really changed it up. But I still love their music.

    2 Apr 6:29am Reply
  • victormeireles

    riot rhythm ♥

    31 Mar 6:58pm Reply
  • scream-it

    29 Mar 5:52pm Reply
  • Code_x_

    It's almost as if taste is subjective and people don't share your enthusiasm. How dare they.

    28 Mar 5:05am Reply
  • ll-ll-ll

    What's with all the hate? Bitter Rivals is one of the 10 greatest albums ever made!

    10 Mar 12:59am Reply
  • ShipDestroyer

    hahahaha

    9 Mar 3:27am Reply
  • ShipDestroyer

    great article about how they tried to burn down a pizza place: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/drunk-couple-oregon-wasnt-allowed-pizza-place-tried-burning/

    9 Mar 3:27am Reply
  • SK8ergirlGC

    http://www.last.fm/music/Sleigh+Bells/+images/97388581

    7 Mar 12:50pm Reply
  • zappabuzz

    the sort of band that really only had 1 album in them

    4 Mar 7:29am Reply
  • spazzinmekon

    i'll pretend this new album never happened [3] i mean pretty much. i don't even listen to the new record other than "you don't get me twice" every now and then.

    25 Feb 11:17pm Reply
  • Creepcleaner

    least cool band ever

    18 Feb 9:36am Reply
  • TerraTempus25

    i'll pretend this new album never happened [2]

    18 Feb 5:10am Reply
  • gui_x

    really good

    8 Feb 5:41pm Reply
  • ll-ll-ll

    bitter rivals is first with treats a close second

    5 Feb 7:33pm Reply
  • Helmut21

    They are awesome!

    5 Feb 2:14am Reply
  • Bosc

    reign of terror > bitter rivals > treats

    2 Feb 9:07am Reply
  • Viniss

    SING, LIKE A WIRE! ♥

    22 Jan 1:44am Reply
  • Code_x_

    Eh, I don't mind Bitter Rivals too much, but it's so tame compared to what they've done up till now. Missing the edge.

    14 Jan 12:38pm Reply
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