Photos and words by LUIS MORENO
Sleigh Bells has nothing to do with reindeer or a big man in a red suit. Sleigh Bells is an American duo from Brooklyn, N.Y. The attitude of the music that goes with that was on full display last night at The Teragram Ballroom.
Alexis Krauss (vocalist) and Derek Miller (guitar, producer) are known for their tenacious style of music known as Noise Pop which includes drops of pop, hip hop, metal and punk.
They started with an intense “Justine Go Genesis” from their recent studio album TEXIS released back in September. Their set list includes songs from almost all their albums going all the way back to their self-titled EP Sleigh Bells. If you were waiting for a slow song you were in the wrong place.
What’s incredible is how LOUD they play and my incredible desire to reset the equalizer on the soundboard. Mid-show Sleigh Bells continue their non-stop sonic attack with a head banging “Bitter Rivals.” The audience obliged with a sea of noggins and arms flailing vertically.
The light show must be commended. It matched the intensity and laser sharp focus of Sleigh Bells the entire night.
Overall, this was not a show for the faint of heart. Sleigh Bells rocked from the moment they walked on stage to their final encore “Crown on the Ground” which was apropos and how it left the fans feeling.