The Story of Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells - Crown On The Ground by musicmule
Funny story about this interesting and intense band. First heard them while on a roadtrip with some friends while driving around Banff National Park last summer. I downloaded the album and it became somewhat of the soundtrack of the whole experience. It was pretty fun (Mike Schoneman even made a rad video of the trip with some Sleigh Bells in it, I'll post that gem later). I liked the band and decided to find out a bit more about them because of their incredibly catchy guitar riffs and crazy beats.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the guitarist happened to be in a hardcore/metal band that I was big into and saw live a few times back in my high school days. It all made sense. He wrote the killer breakdowns and riffs in Poison the Well and now he changed things up to provide a more catchy/poppy sound. The Sleigh Bells dude (Derek Miller) is the guitarist on the far left in these videos (I know most of you can't stomach them but I thought it would be fun to see the musical evolution and how even a crazy metal band and an experimental noise pop band can be related).

This is a classic Poison the Well song called Nerdy (Check out the sweet old school Refused shirt the lead singer is wearing). Refused is an incredibly influential and legendary rock band from Sweden.

Here is another classic song from back in the day if you can stand another one. Ha. (The breakdown 35 seconds into the song is pretty heavy/awesome)

I hope you still read my my web log, even after I put you through a little history lesson with music I'm pretty sure most everybody doesn't understand or like. Thanks for bearing with me as I indulged in some reminiscing.

1 comment:

theycallmeair said...

Goodness Clark! Never in a million years would I have pegged you as the screamo type. Nope. I am officially surprised!