In a very real sense, Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss (aka Sleigh Bells) have carved out a niche for themselves in the noise-pop genre. Their unique blend of electro beats with heavy, shredding guitars (all overdriven through the speakers for good measure) is just plain contagious. This isn’t the kind of music I normally gravitate toward personally (I’m more of a girl/guitar/coffeehouse kind of girl), but I can’t help loving this sound somehow. It’s raw and gritty like sandpaper, but in a good way.
Sleigh Bells have a new album coming out October 8 called Bitter Rivals; the duo previewed the title track earlier this month, and this week they’ve released a second one, “You Don’t Get Me Twice.” This tune is highly catchy, almost bouncy at times, and for a band known for its penchant for angst, it almost marks a lightening of the mood. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the album when it comes out. See what you think!