Alexis Krauss had given up on music, or at least put it to the side, when she met Derek E. Miller — her future partner in the duo Sleigh Bells — at a Brazilian restaurant in Brooklyn.
Krauss had just finished her first day with a fourth grade class in the South Bronx as part of the Teach For America program and was having dinner with her mother. “Both my mother and Derek are very friendly people and struck up a conversation,” recalls Krauss, now 24, who had been with a pop group called Rubyblue as a teenager. “Derek talked about music and said he was looking for somebody to work with, and my mom, being a mom, said, ‘Oh, my daughter’s a musician ... ’
“So Derek and I started talking about what he was working on and we met up about a week later in a park and started recording shortly thereafter. It was pretty quick.”
It was a similarly swift ride to notoriety, too. The two began posting their abrasive, heavily distorted songs on MySpace, which made their way to director Spike Jonze who in turn played them for M.I.A. They latter roped Miller in to help her on her new “MAYA” album (he collaborated on one track), and she also signed Sleigh Bells to her N.E.E.T. Recordings label, released its debut album, “Treats,” in May, preceding by the single “Tell ’em.”
“We understand that we’ve started well in a short amount of time,” Krauss says. “We’re just trying to keep everything in perspective and just worry about the day-to-day minutiae — getting to the venue and sound-checking and putting on a good show.
“We’re hoping that it lasts, and as long as people want to see our music, hear our songs, we’ll put it out there.”
Sleigh Bells, Po Po and Nerve City perform Thursday, July 15, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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