Treats by Sleigh Bells on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sleigh Bells' debut Treats proves that Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss can deliver in the studio as well as on the stage, especially where volume is concerned. “Tell ‘Em” opens sounding just as gigantic as their sternum-rattling live act (nobody since Jimmy Page has made a Danelectro guitar rock this hard). Demonically distorted beats are blown up to Hindenburg-sized proportions while twin guitarmonies that recall Scott Gorham-era Thin Lizzy as Krauss croons like a honey-voiced chanteuse from shoegazing’s early-‘90s heyday. Much of Sleigh Bells’ chemistry is built on contrast. “Riot Rhythm” rubs inflated drumline beats against blistering indie-rock guitar leads and Krauss’ stuttered phrasing simultaneously contributes both rhythm and melody. On “Infinity Guitars” the juxtaposition of “You Really Got Me”-era Kinks guitar with raw hip-hop beats is pure genius. “Rill Rill” samples Funkadelic’s “Can You Get To That” under thunderous beats while Krauss’ inflections sound inspired by M.I.A. (who actually signed Sleigh Bells to her label).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sleigh Bells' debut Treats proves that Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss can deliver in the studio as well as on the stage, especially where volume is concerned. “Tell ‘Em” opens sounding just as gigantic as their sternum-rattling live act (nobody since Jimmy Page has made a Danelectro guitar rock this hard). Demonically distorted beats are blown up to Hindenburg-sized proportions while twin guitarmonies that recall Scott Gorham-era Thin Lizzy as Krauss croons like a honey-voiced chanteuse from shoegazing’s early-‘90s heyday. Much of Sleigh Bells’ chemistry is built on contrast. “Riot Rhythm” rubs inflated drumline beats against blistering indie-rock guitar leads and Krauss’ stuttered phrasing simultaneously contributes both rhythm and melody. On “Infinity Guitars” the juxtaposition of “You Really Got Me”-era Kinks guitar with raw hip-hop beats is pure genius. “Rill Rill” samples Funkadelic’s “Can You Get To That” under thunderous beats while Krauss’ inflections sound inspired by M.I.A. (who actually signed Sleigh Bells to her label).

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About Sleigh Bells

Combining sugary hooks with a loud, rhythmic crunch, Sleigh Bells' experimental pop is the project of songwriter/producer Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss. The musicians formed the group in New York in 2008, where Miller (a Florida native and onetime member of hardcore act Poison the Well) had relocated in the hopes of starting a new group. He found his ideal partner in Krauss, a former vocalist for the teenaged girl group Rubyblue, and the two began creating a batch of demos. The duo signed to M.I.A.'s boutique label N.E.E.T. and released its debut album, Treats, to critical acclaim in 2010. The band spent much of 2011 touring but found time to record, with Miller writing songs inspired by personal tragedy and playing a particularly metallic-sounding Jackson USA Soloist. The results, Reign of Terror, were released early in 2012 and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200. During another year of heavy touring, the duo found time to lay down tracks for its third record, Bitter Rivals, which arrived in October 2013. After two years of relative quiet, Sleigh Bells returned in 2015 with "Champions of Unrestricted Beauty," a teaser for their fourth album that displayed a more straightforward pop sound than some of their previous music. In 2016, the duo sued Demi Lovato, her producers, and UMG Recordings for allegedly sampling the Treats songs "Infinity Guitars" and "Riot Rhythm" without permission on the 2015 track "Stars." That November saw the release of their fourth album, Jessica Rabbit, which featured collaborations with Dr. Dre producer Mike Elizondo. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • FORMED
    2008

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