Sleigh Bells Debut Album Treats Powered By M.I.A.

By the end of CMJ 2009 Brooklyn duo Derek Miller and Alexis Kraus aka Sleigh Bells had a handfull of homemade demos showcasing immediately distinctive and highly combustible distorto-beat razor pop jams, hit the stages with a fully formed live show, and ended the fest with both a BTW stamp and M.I.A. in their pockets. It was a good week. After a quiet couple of months since, their 2010 agenda’s taken shape: opening for Major Lazer and Yeasayer, hitting Coachella and taking featured slots at SXSW parties belonging to everyone from NPR to FADER to Pitchfork, and today announcing their anticipated debut album: Treats, out 5/11 on Mom + Pop Music “in special partnership with M.I.A.’s NEET Recordings.” Maya’s discerning, so that’s a good stamp to bear. Maya’s also returning on her own, with M.I.A. shows in L.A. on July 17th at the Cornfields Of Los Angeles State Historic Park, and a venue to be named in NYC on July 24th (via 24Bit). Good things.

As for Sleigh Bells, they have a lot of dates coming up — if the demos don’t have you convinced, the live show will. Mark ‘em:


03/17-20 – Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/23 – London, UK @ White Heat at Madame Jo Jo’s
03/25 – London, UK @ Notting Hill Arts Club
03/26 – London, UK @ Koko
03/29 – Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium #
03/30 – Carborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
03/31 – Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street #
04/02 – New Hyde Park, NY @ Starlite Ballroom #
04/04 – Boston, MA @ Middle East #
04/06 – Columbus, OH @ BoMa #
04/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rangos Ballroom at Carnegie Mellon University
04/08 – Syracuse, NY @ Spark Art Space at Syracuse University
04/09 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
04/10 – Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar
04/11 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
04/16 – Indio, CA (Coachella)
04/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore Auditorium &
04/19 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom &
04/20 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos &
04/21 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom &
04/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue &
04/24 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre &
04/25 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room &
04/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Gargoyle Club &
04/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue &
04/28 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre &
04/29 – Chicago, IL @ Metro &
04/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop &
05/01 – Toronto, Ontario @ Lee’s Palace &
05/02 – Montreal, Quebec @ La Sala Rossa &
05/03 – Boston, MA @ Paradise &
05/04 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall &
05/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero &
07/18 – Chicago, IL (Pitchfork Music Festival)

# w/ Major Lazer
& w/ Yeasayer