Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian
“After three shows, I’ve heard audience members compare them to T. Rex, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Run-DMC; Miller’s songs are models of elemental spritz, short on filigree and moody bits. Onstage, he lets Krauss take over. She’s part Bettie Page, part M.I.A., hair unbound and voice unchecked. Right now, Sleigh Bells’ shows involve one iPod, one loud guitar, and two people. It is hard to imagine anything stopping them…” – The New Yorker “Miller pushes all the levels into the red, so the duo’s fun synth rave-ups become way blurrier and more intense than you’d expect, while Krauss grounds everything with cool sass.” – Pitchfork Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells – comprised of Derek Miller (guitars/production) and Alexis Krauss (vocals) – will be releasing their debut album, Treats, on May 11th, 2010. Treats was produced by Derek Miller, with additional engineering by Shane Stoneback, and recorded at Treefort Studios in Brooklyn, NY in January/February 2010. Treats will be released by Mom + Pop Music in special partnership with M.I.A.’s NEET Recordings. Following a flurry of excitement behind the band’s incredible CMJ shows in fall 2009, Sleigh Bells will be touring throughout the spring, first hitting SXSW, then taking the stage for the first time at Coachella, and then opening for Major Lazer and Yeasayer. The tour dates are below. Sleigh Bells have been heralded as one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from Brooklyn, following acclaim from the likes of The New Yorker, Pitchfork, Stereogum, The New York Times and more. With buzzing guitars, massive, head-nodding beats and sweet-as-sugar vocals on top, a Sleigh Bells song simply explodes from the speakers, sounding like nothing you’ve heard before.
Neon Indian is Alan Palomo, the 21-year-old synth-wizard who first created waves as VEGA. After writing a batch of off-the-cuff recordings that weren't quite right as VEGA songs, Palomo released them as Neon Indian and what started as a careless outlet for ideas too offbeat to fit the VEGA mold has since gone on to define a genre. His critically acclaimed début album Psychic Chasms, which was released in October 2009, has been featured in SPIN, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal and FADER among others. In February 2010 he made his late night TV debut with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.