Sleigh Bells 2/24/12
The Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
Review and Photos from Mr. Sparkly and thenaturalstoner
Say what you want about Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, the duo better known as Sleigh Bells; but if you’re looking for a show that is loud with killer guitar shreds, this is the show for you. After a raucous pre-funk, we made our way into the Showbox at the Market in time to catch the last half of Black Bananas opening set. Seattle is always a notoriously “late” crowd, so we were able to get a pretty close spot for what was to come.
I don’t think it’s too much to say this was the Sleigh Bells show to catch this tour. The duo released their second album, Reign of Terror, this week. They were featured on the cover of the latest issue of Spin Magazine, and are fresh off of their performance on Saturday Night Live. Plus this was the tour closer, always fun!! Whether you loved SNL or hated it…it doesn’t matter. A live Sleigh Bells’ show is as good as it gets, and tonight was no exception.
The show had been sold-out for weeks, and the Showbox ended up being packed. While there has been some discussion in the Concert Confessions Facebook group about the legitimacy of Sleigh Bells (both as a band and as performers) their appeal lies in their high-energy, loud and rowdy shows—as displayed perfectly on this Friday night. Sleigh Bells isn’t for everyone, but it was for the 1,100 people packed into the Showbox.
Opening with “True Shred Guitar,” Sleigh Bells set the tone for a fun hour-long set that included ”End of the Line,” “Comeback Kid” and a scorching “Infinity Guitars.” Derek was sporting a Nirvana shirt, and this place was pumped and shaking the floor to the point where the event staff had to place sandbags around the base of the stage lighting. A lot of people were stage diving and crowd surfing, and a box of Pop-Tarts was launched on stage, which led Alexis to say that this was their “best show ever”. “A/B Machines” really got the crowd pumped and, unfortunately, the short-set came to a close. “Rill Rill,” “Demons” and “Crown on the Ground” was an awesome encore and left everyone in the place dying for more. This was a dancing, moshing, crowd- surfing, stage diving, sweaty good time. I can’t wait for Sleigh Bells to release another new album, so we can get a little longer set next time. I want more!!!