Noise Pop Duo Sleigh Bells Support Their Latest Album 'Texis' at the Taft Theatre

Texis is a wild and fun ride, but it’s still ultimately a comfortably recognizable one.

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Sleigh Bells

While many bands make music that is often polarizing, Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells offer up the opposite. There is something on their albums for almost everyone to enjoy.

Often described as Noise Pop, Sleigh Bells mixes together the somewhat sweet and pretty vocals of Alexis Krauss with music that is anything but “sweet” or “pretty.” Krauss’ partner in tunes is guitarist and producer Derek Miller, who brings a volatile and powerful sound as back-up, often pulling from influences ranging from Hip Hop to Punk. And, while that sounds like a clusterfuck of noise, what comes out instead is beautifully polished and perfectly produced music to which nearly anyone can bop along.

Their 2010 debut, Treats, took the world by storm, and nearly every outlet had it on their “best of” list that year. It was just so good and so different from the music making waves at the time. In a year that gave us amazing albums from Arcade Fire, The National and even Kanye, Treats stood out from the crowd.

Since the release of Treats, Sleigh Bells has taken a bit of a different approach to making music, doing their best not to repeat themselves or become predictable. All of it has been good, but none of it sounded exactly like Sleigh Bells — other than for Krauss’ memorable vocals and the easy Pop lyricism.

Enter their newest album, 2021’s Texis. While you can clearly hear the duo’s 11 years of growth, it also marks the first time they don’t sound like they’re trying to buck the trend or sound different. Texis is a wild and fun ride, but it’s still ultimately a comfortably recognizable one, or as comfortable as you can get while dancing around in Doc Martens. The Sleigh Bells aesthetic is dark but fun, hard but comfortable. And always, always easy to love.

Sleigh Bells play the Taft Theatre (317 E. Fifth St., Downtown) on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Doors open at 8 p.m.

All attendees must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID test taken within the previous 72 hours.

Tickets and more info: tafttheatre.org.

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