By: David Schultz
One of the undeniable breakout stars from the most recent CMJ Festival, Sleigh Bells make a game attempt to reproduce the madly innovative mix of rump-shaking beats and avant-garde guitars. “A/B Machines” needs nothing more than a bent guitar note and a nonsensical phrase and “Crown On The Ground” has a backing beat for which most rappers would trade their left gold tooth. At The Parish, too much of the work was done by the computer software, which failed Miller on a couple occasions, possibly resulting an abbreviated set. Unlike the studio, Krauss has to carry the live set, which she capably does, belting out the Sleigh Bells manifestos with the impassioned fury of a metal goddess.
I’m still not sure if Sleigh Bells is genius or noise . . . or both. I am still listening though.
They will be hitting the road with Yeasayer in a couple months and an album seems to be in the works. In the meantime, you can find various Sleigh Bells tracks floating around the InterWebs. You can also check out their SXSW set on the NPR site by clicking here.