Sleigh Bells
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Sleigh Bells

Songwriter/producer Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss comprise Sleigh Bells, an experimental pop duo that began earning its first fans after a breakout performance at the 2009 CMJ Festival. The musicians formed the group in New York, where Miller (a Florida native and onetime member of hardcore act Poison the Well) had relocated in the hopes of starting a new project. 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 that combined pop hooks with loud, rhythmic crunch. The duo signed to M.I.A.'s boutique label N.E.E.T. and released its debut album, Treats, in 2010 to critical acclaim. 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.


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Sleigh Bells have created an original, absolutely electrifying sound that’s just familiar enough that people aren’t scared by it. It’s the Instagram trick of making new things seem old. And on Reign of Terror, the filter they’re using is “badass.”

— Time Magazine (Feb 23, 2012)

Reign of Terror warps and scatters, undeniably pulls some cards from shoegaze’s deck (see: “You Lost Me”) and brings us into Miller’s head instead of just bringing us along as plus ones to his loud ragefest of a party. The result is a more intimate kind of record — we’ve danced, rioted and PTFO’d with these kids. Now it’s time they let us in.

— Daily Princetonian (Feb 18, 2012)

Reign of Terror is a brash, hyperactive set of songs, but Miller and Krauss' synthesis of disparate strands is exceptionally graceful, with traditionally macho and girly sounds flowing together seamlessly in dynamic, often ecstatic pop tunes.

— Pitchfork Magazine (Feb 20, 2012)