Found Stuff:Artist – Sleigh Bells (Brooklyn, NY)

Brooklyn-based Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller represent everything that is wrong or right with music today.  The answer depends on who you ask.  As Sleigh Bells, they are performing and posting some lo-fi material that will either get your head bobbing or have you running out of the venue or hitting delete before you get a migraine.   This is very lo-fi stuff with the volume turned up to ridiculous levels of distortion.  Alexis (a school teacher) shouts repetitive lyrics while Derek plays repetitive notes while the computer blasts out distorted beats in the form of 1s and 0s.  It’s a mess, but it’s a fantastic mess.  This band has not released anything yet, and some of you might wonder who would ever put this ‘crap’ out.  But give it some time and I think you’ll come around. If you are of the school of thought that this is what is ‘wrong’ with music, it’s probably because this duo does not have any discernable music-talent.  If you are in the group that thinks this is what is ‘right’ with music, it’s because it’ s awesome that a band without talent can be so much fun and can be heard by so many people without a record deal.  The Ramones prided themselves on not knowing how to play instruments.  The Ramones repeated themselves incessivly throughout their songs.  The Ramones are iconic.  Just sayin’.

Sleigh Bells – Crown on the Ground

Sleigh Bells on MySpace

  4 comments for “Found Stuff:Artist – Sleigh Bells (Brooklyn, NY)

  1. March 23, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Hey Joel…they killed it at SXSW! Your daughter is amazing!

  2. joel krauss
    March 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I’ve been reading comments bout my daughter for 8 months now, but I never read anything so off the mark as NO MUSICAL TALENT! Derek and Alexis are 2 of the most innovative and talented people on the scene 2day. I’m a professional musician, so I have a little bit of credibility, and my bias notwithstanding, you don’t know what the fuck you are talking about.

    • joel krauss
      March 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      sorry for cursing

    • March 7, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      Hey Joel,
      Thanks for the comment. I’m sorry that all you took away from my post was that your daughter has no talent. I love Sleigh Bells! I would not have posted about them if I didn’t. All I meant was that if this song is any indication of what they are capable of, then it’s not really about talented songwriting skills or amazing guitar playing…it’s just about having a great time and making some fun music.
      After reading your comment, I have no doubt that Alexis and Derek do have talent…and I look forward to finding out myself. I plan on catching them live at SXSW next week, opening for Yeasayer here in Denver in a month or so, and at the Pitchfork Music Festival this summer.
      I will be posting about those performances and I hope you check back…and I hope you call me out if you think I’m still talking outta my ass! 😉

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