Sleigh Bells: Treats

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This is going to be a doozy of a record. My musical friends, these kids are absolutely dynamite!

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 22 April 2010 23:04 (nine years ago) link

really, really looking forward to this record

ksh, Thursday, 22 April 2010 23:07 (nine years ago) link

Yes. It's going to be a real musical "treat."

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 22 April 2010 23:08 (nine years ago) link

has it leaked yet

artie flange (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 22 April 2010 23:08 (nine years ago) link

When it comes out, you could say I'll be there with bells on!!!!!!!

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 22 April 2010 23:09 (nine years ago) link

this "thread" is a very very very fine "thread"

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Thursday, 22 April 2010 23:11 (nine years ago) link

I'm tempted to ask who is this thread's tailor.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 22 April 2010 23:13 (nine years ago) link

I don't think I really "get" this band...not trolling, but what is the appeal? The digital distortion just sounds forced and trendy to me. Should I try to give it another chance? If so, why?

jonathan - stl, Friday, 23 April 2010 01:46 (nine years ago) link

^^^^

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 23 April 2010 01:48 (nine years ago) link

really like them. their show here is sold out, sadly. and i think it's because people like yeasayer, not because people like sleigh bells.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 23 April 2010 01:50 (nine years ago) link

digital distortion > super half-assed funkadelic rips

uptown churl, Friday, 23 April 2010 02:18 (nine years ago) link

To me, they're My Bloody Valentine if they wrote pop songs. Which seems like a pretty radical concept. But the sound wouldn't matter a bit if they didn't have the songs. Based on the demo, they do.

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kornrulez6969, Friday, 23 April 2010 02:40 (nine years ago) link

ring ring

ksh, Friday, 23 April 2010 02:40 (nine years ago) link

To me, they're My Bloody Valentine

wow. let's not go nuts, they're basically a grunged-up Ting Tings

dmr, Friday, 23 April 2010 13:36 (nine years ago) link

i mean they have a bracing, relatively unique sound but all their songs are like two riffs. i don't really see it going too far but i would def catch them live

uptown churl, Friday, 23 April 2010 14:22 (nine years ago) link

I see they are in the UK next month, so that is exactly what I plan to do

a subplot excised from Latawnya the Naughty Horse (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 23 April 2010 14:26 (nine years ago) link

they played club nme last month. it was indeed pretty ting tings. and not much variety really.

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 24 April 2010 22:34 (nine years ago) link

To me, they're My Bloody Valentine if they wrote pop songs.

My Bloody Valentine wrote pop songs.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Sunday, 25 April 2010 12:35 (nine years ago) link

they're more like My Bloody Valentine if they wrote nursery rhymes and produced loveless with garageband

Jamie_ATP, Sunday, 25 April 2010 13:10 (nine years ago) link

these kids are absolutely dynamite!

Zeno, Sunday, 25 April 2010 13:50 (nine years ago) link

This is slightly worse than Ke$ha.

Moka, Sunday, 25 April 2010 17:56 (nine years ago) link

I dig the few songs from this band I've heard. They take an aesthetic I usually find reprehensible and lazy, and they employ it in service of the song. It's kind of powerful, really.

Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Sunday, 25 April 2010 19:00 (nine years ago) link

prediction: when the hype will end - this band will end with it.

the main problem imo is the flatness.

Zeno, Sunday, 25 April 2010 19:07 (nine years ago) link

it's bike riding music/driving music! which isnt always great but it feels badass and makes you want to go faster

mashup, Sunday, 25 April 2010 20:37 (nine years ago) link

i am down w/ chillwave in gen. but it is not a subgenre to make **stars**

plax (ico), Sunday, 25 April 2010 20:40 (nine years ago) link

what do Sleigh Bells have to do with chillwave?

sean gramophone, Sunday, 25 April 2010 20:53 (nine years ago) link

lol "ok"

plax (ico), Sunday, 25 April 2010 20:58 (nine years ago) link

crown on the ground is nice

max arrrrrgh, Sunday, 25 April 2010 21:37 (nine years ago) link

Listening to their SXSW set right now, chuckling at the risks of depending so heavily on a laptop when their "software" crashes twice in a 20-minute set.

"Crown on the Ground" is actually the only song I'd even care to hear again.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 26 April 2010 15:41 (nine years ago) link

To me, they're My Bloody Valentine if they wrote pop songs.

My Bloody Valentine wrote pop songs.

― Brad Nelson (BradNelson), Sunday, April 25, 2010 8:35 AM (Yesterday)

^ this.

haven't heard much of this band. i've seen more text than i've heard notes, and that's not usually a good sign. is there a song i should start with? i tried listening to some songs on youtube but they were all live an pretty awful.

borntohula, Monday, 26 April 2010 17:05 (nine years ago) link

"Ring Ring" is a great summer jam.

"Crown on the Ground" is good too.

sean gramophone, Monday, 26 April 2010 17:40 (nine years ago) link

"i've seen more text than i've heard notes, and that's not usually a good sign"

um

Yonder Mountain Zing Band (Tape Store), Monday, 26 April 2010 17:42 (nine years ago) link

yeah i really didn't read that one over before i hit submit.

borntohula, Monday, 26 April 2010 18:14 (nine years ago) link

P4k has a stream of "Tell 'Em" and a link to Sleigh Bells's website w/ a 128 kbps mp3 of it:

http://pitchfork.com/news/38634-new-sleigh-bells-tell-em/

ksh, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 16:19 (nine years ago) link

Saw this band in Denver last week. Awful. Terrible guitar tone and some sorority girl headbanging on stage.

Benjamin-, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 16:57 (nine years ago) link

ring ring is an okay song struggling to do anything w. and awesome sample

plax (ico), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 18:08 (nine years ago) link

ok "tell 'em" is awesome

I don't "get it" either. The MBV parallels are so far off. Is this one of those things that's catching on because it seems so novel? Are they likable for the same reason people think Andrew WK is likable? Fans, talk to me. I don't hate it, but it's like elevator music in the sense that it's so negligible to me.

AlexPh, Thursday, 29 April 2010 19:48 (nine years ago) link

if you told me that MIA was gonna make a rock song, this is what i would've pictured

ibaka flocka flame (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 29 April 2010 19:51 (nine years ago) link

Great production, poor melody

Emily's Cheese, Thursday, 29 April 2010 19:53 (nine years ago) link

It's summery?...is the best way I can put it maybe? I still haven't really figured out what it's doing/why it's doing what it does, but there's little else at the moment that really makes me feel on top of the world. There's both a swagger and a sense of fun and power to it, and it's loud and angular without being anti-catchy. Often noise is used to place a barrier between listeners and material (or it feels that way at least?). The noise and the compression and the fuzz of Sleigh Bells is inviting and raucous.

I'm not necessarily going to argue that it's 'important' - I don't know that they're saying anything or doing anything particularly novel - but if A/B Machines or Infinity Guitars don't make you want to MOVE and bob your head (not headbanging, more like you would when listening to hip hop) and shake your ass, then I'm not sure if anything I write can quantify why they rock.

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 29 April 2010 20:02 (nine years ago) link

yeah it's gonna sound enormous in the car

Feels kinda strangely hollow to me, not in a good way. Something about it is very...1991, for lack of a better word, and I mean that in a neutral rather than in a good or bad sense.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 April 2010 20:05 (nine years ago) link

Feels kinda strangely hollow to me, not in a good way.

no basslines, right? just kick drums, which is pretty hip-hop.

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Thursday, 29 April 2010 20:11 (nine years ago) link

Could be part of it, but there's also something forced here that, again, I can't put my finger on. It's like it comes close to working but because it doesn't gets really irritating.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 April 2010 20:13 (nine years ago) link

at least in the indie world, this record is gonna be huge

ksh, Thursday, 29 April 2010 20:18 (nine years ago) link

Alexis Krauss' former group RubyBlue - girl group pop music circa 2002. Can we mash this up with Crown on the Ground or something?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIvZ5LLFlXU

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 29 April 2010 22:44 (nine years ago) link

Despite the awful lyrics, I sort of like that more than Sleigh Bells in a sort of female fountains of wayne way

Jamie_ATP, Thursday, 29 April 2010 22:58 (nine years ago) link

sort of.

Jamie_ATP, Thursday, 29 April 2010 22:59 (nine years ago) link

Like, "Oh right, perfect here: pretty girl who sings nice but wears LEATHER JACKETS AND SHIT matches up with totally sensitiveemobro who can play guitar REALL LOUD YO. They totally should be playing in the scene where Terry fights those bad guys in Batman Beyond. INFINITY GUITARS WHOA_OH_OH"

The Dutch of Dukes, Friday, 28 January 2011 04:14 (eight years ago) link

Wait was Batman Beyond even a comic book?

The Dutch of Dukes, Friday, 28 January 2011 04:15 (eight years ago) link

so this is basically about "why don't you ever buy that Heavy Metal Shop hoodie, dude?" with the answer being "idk, but I still love you lots SLC" with a secondary theme of "hey, Alexis is looking super hot here." in other words, a very good music video.

fffv, Friday, 28 January 2011 04:16 (eight years ago) link

d of d maybe you should just work on listening to music and not worrying what ppl are wearing?

call all destroyer, Friday, 28 January 2011 04:29 (eight years ago) link

You're totally on-point, just cracking wise. Musically, I just can't seem to get incredibly excited about these guys ever-- I like "Rill Rill" well enough but compared to how others hold it, I just find it unremarkable. I dunno, it seems like the sort of thing I'm totally surprised to see popular but at the same time not at all.

Generally, I take a "glad people can still make money off of music, at least" stance with these kind of artists when I'm not drinking (I am), so I guess you could assume that's my true "heart of hearts" take.

The Dutch of Dukes, Friday, 28 January 2011 04:42 (eight years ago) link

first time i heard rill rill it was a total O_o moment. i couldn't figure out why a segment of a summer relaxation album you can buy at bed, bath & beyond and set on infinite loop was being heralded as one of the greatest songs of the year. the song needs some kind of arc, *something* to make things interesting and the last 45seconds as worthwhile listening as the first 45. it's just the same thing, monotonous after the initial appeal has waned.

The previous message has been brought to you by (kelpolaris), Friday, 28 January 2011 04:59 (eight years ago) link

d of d maybe you should just work on listening to music and not worrying what ppl are wearing?

idk abt any1 else but this seems like a p joyless thing to say to me. abt as conservative as saying we all start buying sheet music instead of dling singles.

plax (ico), Friday, 28 January 2011 09:19 (eight years ago) link

xpost you can buy Maggot Brain at Bed, Bath and Beyond?

Mangrove Earthshoe (herb albert), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:06 (eight years ago) link

i was gonna say!

call all destroyer, Friday, 28 January 2011 16:23 (eight years ago) link

idk abt any1 else but this seems like a p joyless thing to say to me. abt as conservative as saying we all start buying sheet music instead of dling singles.

― plax (ico), Friday, January 28, 2011 4:19 AM (7 hours ago) Bookmark

well i think ppl find remarkably joyless ways to dismiss music on non-musical bases so

call all destroyer, Friday, 28 January 2011 16:25 (eight years ago) link

abt as conservative as saying we all start buying sheet music instead of dling singles.

― plax (ico), Friday, January 28, 2011 1:19 AM (7 hours ago) Bookmark

no really, writing music/people off cuz they're dressed wrong = the apex of pinched, joyless conservatism, no way around that

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:49 (eight years ago) link

lot of joylessness going around

difficult listening hour, Friday, 28 January 2011 16:49 (eight years ago) link

fair cop, haven't had any coffee yet

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:53 (eight years ago) link

^^^ SLAY FUKKIN BELLS!

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 28 January 2011 16:56 (eight years ago) link

idk i just this its a small step from this to dismissing everything that isnt "the music" and then its like well why do bands bother dressing certain ways and developing an artwork aesthetic etc. etc. etc.? i mean ppl talk about how a song finally clicked when they saw the music video so theres always more involved than just to the sound of the music itself and to say otherwise strikes me as a kind of pop greenbergianism

plax (ico), Friday, 28 January 2011 17:58 (eight years ago) link

yah that's fair and it's something i could deal w/coming from you (bcuz i know you know what youre talking about) but in general if ppl want to go there i'm going to tell them to step their game up yknow?

call all destroyer, Friday, 28 January 2011 18:00 (eight years ago) link

like, if the post i was responding to was coherent i would not have said that

call all destroyer, Friday, 28 January 2011 18:00 (eight years ago) link

lol hi-5

plax (ico), Friday, 28 January 2011 18:07 (eight years ago) link

:)

call all destroyer, Friday, 28 January 2011 18:09 (eight years ago) link

in general if ppl want to go there i'm going to tell them to step their game up yknow?

yeah this. "lol u think ur so cool, u wear a leather jacket rock n roll lol," is such a cheap dismissal. not saying that style is irrelevant, or that we should hear the pure music in isolation or w/e.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 28 January 2011 18:15 (eight years ago) link

stepping it up to heaven in 2011

i guess you are the fattest and the ugliest (Matt P), Friday, 28 January 2011 18:17 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

we did a remix of this, pretty well-received, many hearts on hypem, plenty blog interest etc. have a listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THS46-kU6FI

320 here http://soundcloud.com/clubclique/sleigh-bells-rill-rill-clique-newtrends-remix

NI, Sunday, 20 February 2011 20:47 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

Almost can't believe I bought tickets for them considering I ragged on them so much a year ago - but they definitely grew on me. I've been trying to figure out what steps in evolution were necessary, but really it just came to that one day I found myself liking them way, way more than I used to.

Anyway, saw them last night here in Denver. They definitely know how to give a fucking performance. YouTube videos seem to give off a bit of sloppiness - it didn't even seem remotely apparent here, the songs were so perfect at times I was wondering if the guitar was just sampled as well. I'm not VERY familiar with Treats, but I'm pretty sure they played a newer song... that was just OK. It was faster than anything I've heard from them, but really lacked in a clear melody - the type that defines so much of their other work.

Me and and Alexis made eye-contact so many times I'm kinda confused as to why I'm on ilxor right now and not sleeping in her tour bus. It sorta helps that I was the tallest person in a roomful of excessively exuberant 16 year olds.

brodieopolari.... oh fuck it (kelpolaris), Sunday, 5 June 2011 16:50 (eight years ago) link

If anybody else sees them, could you tell note what they were wearing? The same plaid jacket Derek is seen in in a hell of a lot of promo pictures he wore here. Alexis had on a Sleigh Bells jersey - which also retailed at the front - and made me realize was one of the most ingenious marketing "strategies" I've ever seen. Girls gobbled that shit up, it seemed like everyone had one by show's end.

brodieopolari.... oh fuck it (kelpolaris), Sunday, 5 June 2011 16:53 (eight years ago) link

Played in Neighbours this week too!

carson dial, Sunday, 5 June 2011 17:07 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

I had been thinking this band had completely worn out its welcome with me but I've been listening to Treats today and it really is just that their albums have been getting worse as they've gone along.

kissaroo and Tyler, too (DJP), Friday, 24 October 2014 17:48 (five years ago) link

yup

call all destroyer, Friday, 24 October 2014 18:14 (five years ago) link

I feel like with every iterative release they seem to be saying "this didn't work so well on the previous album, let's take that and make it the cornerstone of the songwriting for the next one!"

kissaroo and Tyler, too (DJP), Friday, 24 October 2014 18:18 (five years ago) link

first album felt really spontaneous, tons of ideas, seemed to exist with no expectations. second album tightened things up a bunch because they were getting big. third album reveals that the tightening up made them pretty boring.

call all destroyer, Friday, 24 October 2014 18:27 (five years ago) link

The best thing about them was always their looseness. Felt like they made more SONGS and fewer tracks with each successive record which is obviously their prerogative but the visceral excitement wasn't just the noise and the redlining it was the beats and the dancier elements?

I mean I guess they were never dance properly or beats driven but onTreats the guitars weren't deployed as guitars but as rhythm and propulsion and a bunch of other stuff. After that they became more traditionally deployed? But it's been a while since I've listened to the newer stuff so I could be wrong.

Basically I guess I'm just saying that when Treats came out it made sense that MIA was signing them to NEET and getting them to produce a track for her and after that it really didn't?

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 7 November 2014 13:32 (five years ago) link

It's kind of a bummer how they started out doing a Thing that felt, if not new, very individual and have spent each album making that Thing more boring

kissaroo and Tyler, too (DJP), Friday, 7 November 2014 13:44 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

this record started edm t/f

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 July 2015 01:14 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

new record is their best since the first. varied, assured, the hooks finally match the bluster. it does sound a little stitched together through email attachments but i'm less bothered by it the more i listen

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 14 November 2016 18:59 (three years ago) link

I am surprised by how clear her voice is and how assured it is, and I am confused that I'm reacting to it as if it was a bad thing.

¶ (DJP), Monday, 14 November 2016 19:06 (three years ago) link

that was how i felt about half of bitter rivals

"i can't stand you anymore" is such a jam

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 14 November 2016 19:08 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Revisiting albums from the 2010-2019 as is usual at the end of every decade and I did a 180 turn on this one. I hated it so much when it came out, but nowadays I think the red level aesthetic and their commitment to it is actually impressive, regret not partying to this one back then as I had the chance and even saw them live... I was on the wrong side of history. They never made anything half as good as Treats though.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 21:09 (four months ago) link

treats was a v special album

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 21:33 (four months ago) link

No, Reign of Terror is actually phenomenal. I much prefer it. I'm kind of disturbed how bad these guys got afterwards. I'm not sure what happened. I guess the band couldn't adapt to their own ambitions, which never seemed especially clear.

57mg/20floz, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:10 (four months ago) link

Come think, surprised Lynch did not feature them in season 3. Maybe not his palette. I viewed all his featured his bands as in some way a force of Americana, which Sleigh Bells obsessively are.

57mg/20floz, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:18 (four months ago) link

I still play "Run the Heart" a lot. Reign of Terror as an album doesn't work for me but you can pull an A+ EP out of with "Comeback Kid", "Demons", and "Never Say Die"

brigadier pudding (DJP), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 12:42 (four months ago) link

still sad the entire music ecosystem didn't rearrange itself to sound like treats

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:04 (four months ago) link

With you 100% there.

brigadier pudding (DJP), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 13:05 (four months ago) link

I could never get into this group, which is weird because I absolutely love Andrew WK and The Go! Team, and this kind of fits in a nexus between those. On the other hand, I could also describe that last Crying album in a similar fashion, and I loved that.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 14:56 (four months ago) link

I admittedly resented them upon first contact for reasons beyond me. I think seeing them live zilched whatever concerns floated. The bass was so thick at the concert I was at I ran experiments on my jaw to see whether I could feel it in my teeth.

57mg/20floz, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 15:02 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

top ten album of the decade imo

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 13:56 (one month ago) link

It's way up there. The follow-up is highly underrated too.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 14:24 (one month ago) link

I'm kind of sad that tinnitus-pop never really took off as a Thing

brigadier pudding (DJP), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 14:55 (one month ago) link

I feel like 'Give Yourself A Try' by the 1975 owes something to Sleigh Bells

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 15:45 (one month ago) link


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