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Next Level : Sleigh Bells

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While hearing the name “Sleigh Bells” may conjure up images of wispy folk or DIY indie, the Brookyln-based duo couldn’t be further from the truth.  After making their official Pitchfork debut following last year’s CMJ Music Marathon , founders Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss are slated for an extensive tour that will take them throughout North America until early May, appearing alongside the likes of Yeasayer and at Coachella, SXSW and the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Part dancepop, part rock, and 100% badass, the two boast eclectic histories that include songwriting, producing, singing and teaching high school.  Prior to his involvement in Sleigh Bells, Miller was a songwriter and producer, as well as a member of the Florida hardcore group, Poison the Well.  At the same time, Krauss was teaching at a Bronx public school after spending time in the teen pop group, RubyBlue.  Cue: the ultimate mix of pop and edge, combining elements of hardcore with Krauss’ ability to sway the masses – literally.

Though the duo have yet to release an album (as of February 2, they were still in the studio), Sleigh Bells bring a live experience that’s comparable to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or M.I.A.  However, though they can easily hold their own against indie heavyweights that brought dance-rock to the forefront (and Krauss’ voice occasionally resembles that of Alison Mosshart), the band is undeniably different and looks to be one of the bands set to define 2010 – especially following their debut release.  In the meantime, make sure to keep up-to-date on all concert announcements, since they’re shows are selling out – fast.

Sleigh Bells will be playing Wrongbar on April 10th and then returning to Toronto to open for Yeasayer at Lees Palace on May 1st.

Posted by : Anne T Donahue

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