Sleigh Bells Setlist
9/4/16 Denver, CO @ Riot Fest
9/7/16 Washington, DC @ U Street
9/8/16 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
9/10/16 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
9/12/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
9/13/16 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
11/11/16 San Diego, CA @ North Park
11/15/16 San Francisco, CA @ Independent
11/18/16 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
11/19/16 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
The band opened up the set with ‘Ever’ after they played the Jesus and Mary Chain intro. They played a couple of newer songs including ‘Away’ and ‘Maybe in Another Lifetime’ which will be on the next album which will be coming out soon. Tiny Deaths was joined on stage by Jacob Mullis and Amy Hager of Fort Wilson Riot for the penultimate song ‘The Gardener’, which is their most recent single.
They ended their set with ‘Ocean’.
Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller are Sleigh Bells, and they are finally back after taking a small break. Last night was only their fourth show in the past two years but it felt as if they had never stopped.
Sleigh Bells is known for their unique sound and high-energy shows. They played to a full house on Saturday night at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis and proved that nothing has changed. Their songs are upbeat and powerful. They mix elements of punk rock with indie-pop and almost electronic beats. All of the diverse elements come together perfectly and when you mix that with the energy Krauss brings to the stage and the extreme light show, you get a near perfect show.
Miller, guitarist, brings a very metal feeling element to the music of Sleigh Bells. He is actually an ex-member of hardcore legends Poison the Well. You can tell his influence is the heavily distorted guitars with the complicated riffs. Krauss, singer, adds that indie-pop element with her very beautiful voice. At times her voice can sound so much like a whisper that it is hard to hear her but within seconds, she will explode with a single hair whip and her voice turns into one of the most powerful female voices out there right now.
The band ended with the upbeat, almost techno anthem ‘A/B Machines’. The crowd went crazy as they jumped up and down through the whole song. This song is my personal favorite of the band and is from their 2010 release Treats. The other hit song on this album ‘Rill Rill’ is another favorite of mine and of the crowd. Unfortunately, Sleigh Bells didn’t play it and left the crowd chanting ‘Rill Rill’ after they left the stage.
Sleigh Bells will be releasing their first new album in three years entitles Jessica Rabbit on November 11th of this year. They have already released a video for the opening track ‘It’s Just Us Now’ and a new single called ‘Hyper Dark’. The crowd was eager to see what this band has been up to but definitely seemed to respond more to the older songs that Sleigh Bells played.
The few new songs that they played didn’t sound anything like what Sleigh Bells has released in the past. The songs seemed to have a more flirtatious edge to them but at the same time seemed much more noise than indie-pop. The rhythms were more complicated and the guitars were more distorted. The tempo changes that are featured in these new songs are definitely something new for this band. All in all, the new songs seem more hectic, more raw, and completely different from what Sleight Bells has done in the past but it was still Sleigh Bells and the songs were welcomed by the fans in the crowd.
The band recently found themselves in the middle of a lawsuit against Demi Lovato. Sleigh Bells has sued Lovato for copyright infringement of their song ‘Infinity Guitars’. The lawsuit is still open.
Look for Jessica Rabbit on Torn Clean / Sinderlyn Records.
Sleigh Bells at Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis (03 September 2016)