During your current walks between classes, you may have noticed black and white posters featuring a woman’s face covered by a scarf. If not, then surely you have noticed this picture while spending countless hours on Facebook. Either way, with all the buzz around campus, many have heard about Sleigh Bells, the noise pop band set to perform Wednesday night at the CFA Alumni Concert Hall.
If you have heard the chatter, you might be wondering what the fuss is really about.
Guitarist and songwriter Derek E. Miller, a former member of the metal-core band Poison the Well, met vocalist Alexis Krauss in 2008 while serving Krauss and her mother at a restaurant. When he mentioned that he was looking for a female vocalist, Krauss’ mother immediately nominated her daughter. Krauss was a schoolteacher who had spent some of her teen years singing on pop records. A few weeks after their initial meeting, they became Sleigh Bells.
They recently signed to M.I.A.’s label N.E.E.T. and have made plans to release their debut album, Treats, on May 11, 2010. They have released several tracks online, the most popular of these being “Crown on the Ground,” which Pitchfork named the 57th best track of 2009. Sleigh Bells has been named a “band to watch” on numerous music sources and blogs, including Stereogum.
Their music is high in volume and energy, using synthesized sounds, strong beats, and decibel overloading. With pop undertones, their songs are catchy and exciting; however, the tracks remain distinct from pop songs because of their background sounds, grainy noises, and rumbles from Miller’s guitar and an iPod.
The duo recently played at South by Southwest, one of the largest music festivals in the United States, which takes place every spring in Austin, Texas. They garnered a lot of attention from multiple media sources after their performance.
Entertainment Weekly said they “pulled off one of the most contagious, sloppy fun moments of the festival so far” and described their music as “kind of like NWA meets Le Tigre, with Sabbath riffs and ESG on backup.”
With all of the hype, it would be a shame to miss their performance in such an intimate setting as the Alumni Concert Hall. Tickets are $5 and are only sold at the door. Doors open Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Get there early because the show might sell out. Be prepared to dance the night away.