Although some might think that pop and metal could never pleasantly coexist, Alexis Krauss and Derek E. Miller seemed hell-bent on fighting the norm when they formed Sleigh Bells.
So while people are still taking in February's release of their sophomore effort, Reign of Terror, the Brooklyn-based group is on the road, and they hit Warehouse Live Houston on Wednesday, April 18.
In the two years since their formation, Sleigh Bells has made a lot of noise (literally and figuratively), but that doesn't mean that things have always been easy for the duo. Krauss' experience in music started and stalled with teen pop group, RubyBlue, before she went on to finish college and teach Spanish to grade-schoolers. That was, until she met Miller, the group's sole guitarist, who moved to New York from Florida after he left the pioneering hardcore band, Poison the Well.
Now, Krauss is a powerhouse on stage, with an effortless edge and style that makes Lady Gaga's biker-chic look seem forced. While Miller is busy grinding out intimidating guitar parts, Krauss' vocals gracefully hover over added beats and background loops that make you want to see her battle M.I.A. head-on in a boxing ring.
If there were any doubt about it on their debut release, Treats, Reign of Terror's clever blend of hardcore-infused noise pop makes "Sleigh Bells" synonymous with "badass," especially on tracks like "Comeback Kid" – which the band played for their Saturday Night Live performance.
With only 22 songs to their name, Sleigh Bells prove that you don't have to invent a new genre of music to make your mark on the industry. With tracks like "Crush" and "Road to Hell," it's clear that going to work with a hangover on Thursday will be less regrettable than missing Sleigh Bells in concert.
Opening acts are Javelin and Elite Gymnastics. Tickets are $20-$23.