Coachella, beyond the main stage: Sleigh Bells can ring a racket
Reason to care: Signed to M.I.A.'s label N.E.E.T., the Sleigh Bells are a sure bet for blog buzz and an ensuing insta-backlash. A bevy of press and some fashion commercials seem a sure thing, but don't hold any of that against the duo of Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss. The pair are on the fast track to unite Coachella's dance-tent ravers and main-stage VIPs, mixing Beastie Boys craziness, AC/DC posturing and a retro, Ting Tings strut. Low-fi hip-hop grooves, fist-in-the-air metal riffs and an in-your-face bluntness make for a band that can be abrasive, at least until Krauss seduces you with a Funkadelic-nodding rap in "Ring Ring."
Listen: The duo's "Crown on the Ground," posted initially on Stereogum, is wartime dance, packed with air-raid guitar sirens and fence-rattling bass explosions. It's choppy, hectic and a bit of a mess, but Krauss and Miller still manage to turn it into a shout-along anthem. If the recession drags us down, count on the Sleigh Bells to bring the party favors.
Fun fact ... If Miller's name looks familiar, that's because he was in hard-core metal act Poison the Well.
Next: The act's debut, "Treats," is out May 11.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Sleigh Bells. Credit: Aaron Richter