In Concert: Sleigh Bells
The noise-pop duo, Sleigh Bells, made up of Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller, is a ball of unbridled energy. Speculation as to what keeps them running at such high speeds is anyone’s guess.
Onstage at Toronto’s Mod Club, Krauss does most of the immediate work. A whirling free spirit of a lead singer, she belts out lively lyrics as walls of booming guitars and bass create a raucous atmosphere.
The highly animated Krauss wastes no time propelling her exuberant aura. Unsurprisingly, she garners the same reaction from the clamouring fans who never stop moving and dancing during the set.
With no drummer to speak of, pre-programmed sounds of throbbing backbeats are showcased on a high decibel continuum.
A whirling free spirit of a lead singer, [Krauss] belts out lively lyrics as walls of booming guitars and bass create a raucous atmosphere.
Rarely does the ear candy let up, blasting through bodies as fans react unfazed. Guitarist Derek Miller stands stoically beside Krauss, skilfully embodying the role of a sonic bulldozer.
Together, both pace back and forth, hoisting the tunes with a shimmering trajectory.
As the night comes to an end, the audience is singing along to songs such as “Rill Rill” and “Crown on the Ground.” Leading the charge, Krauss expertly mixes sugary-sweet vocals with full-throttle screaming.
Rarely does the ear candy let up, blasting through bodies as fans remained unfazed.
Counterbalancing her stage antics, one can argue that it is Miller’s disciplined presence that is indeed the secret ingredient to Sleigh Bells lasting partnership.
If one thing is certain, it is that earplugs do little to lessen the walloping bass from the speakers’ onslaught.
In the best way possible, the sound of Sleigh Bells’ hefty shredding and dreamy melodies are something that attendees will have ringing in their ears for days to come.