A video of Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells doing “Crown on the Ground” at Le Poisson Rouge about a month ago, via this guy. Every single dynamic change in this song is great. Guitarist Derek Miller used to play in Poison the Well, a band that did very different (but, paradoxically, similar!) juxtapositions between melody and abrasive noise–their The Opposite of December 1999 debut is not as far away from Sleigh Bells as one might think. Alexis Krauss, the other Sleigh Bell, is a schoolteacher. Everything on their MySpace slays. We are loathe to mention CMJ at this point but this was probably the band that everyone really missed, us very much included.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 27, 2009