Show Preview: Sleigh Bells in Asheville, NC

Sleigh Bells are playing Wednesday, May 4th

At The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC

These guys are going to be huge. Well, actually, they’re already getting there. Sleigh Bells are a dancey noise-pop duo from Brooklyn, NY and they are hitting the big time. Their debut album Treats has already sold 500,000 copies worldwide and with shows at major festivals this summer like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, I think it’s time everyone hops on board.

Guitarist and songwriter Derek Miller (one half of the duo) was originally in the hardcore band Poison The Well. You probably saw them at Warped Tour. If you’re not a fan of them, no fear, Sleigh Bells don’t sound anything like them. Except for Derek’s guitar playing which is definitely hardcore-influenced, but he has definitely enhanced his playing since Poison The Well. Alexis Krauss (the other half) was also in a band before Sleigh Bells, a teen-pop group called RubyBlue. I actually searched them up and let’s just say, I like Sleigh Bells a whole lot better.

This band is hitting the music scene hard, with a couple of their songs featured on up-and-coming rapper Childish Gambino’s mixtape and a stint on the MTV Woodie Awards (along with Odd Future). I have only heard great things about their live show and I would highly suggest you check this tour out or see them at a music festival this summer.

About the Author

Yes, I was named after famous british polar bear Rupert. In fact, I was named after a cat that was named after that cartoon bear. This is exactly the reason why I’d have to say an orange cat is my spirit animal. Though, it’s kind of more like this cat is my spirit goddess. My spirit animal is a bit more like a grizzly duck, which is a grizzly bear with a duck’s beak. Two reasons: 1) When I wake up I am angry and grumble a lot, like a grizzly bear but once I wake up I am (usually) friendly and I quack a lot, and 2) I own a sweater with a grizzly bear on it and one with a duck on it. I am obviously obsessed with music and everything to do with music. I have been to over 80 concerts, I am in a band called One Two Skidoo, and I also co-host a radio show of that same name on WUSC. I was born in a country called London (I would say England, but you Americans seem to be set on the fact that England is only London). I was actually born in Brighton, England, but I don’t wanna confuse you too much so we’ll say I’m from London. I then moved to a super freezing area of Canada. You’re probably thinking “but all of Canada is super freezing!”. That’s not true. Well, kind of not true. I do that school thing at the University of South Carolina, and I write about music on this website, obviously. David Stringer is my hero.

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  • Jackson

    This band is so good. Can’t wait to see pictures from the show.

  • rocketgirl

    Have ya’ll heard of the band Fatetwister? They sound like a mix between AWOLNation and Foster The People. You should check them out! You can listen to their song “Red Carpet” here:
    Let me know what you think!