Sleigh Bells… sigh… I was supposed to see them for the first time at Coachella 2010, the year the festival was dubbed Clusterf**kchella. I had been to this festival many times before but, this was the first year they decided to sell 3 day wristbands & eliminate single day tix. Long story short, it was extremely unorganized, lines to get in were endless, when we did get in on the first day, it was 7PM & we had missed sooooo many bands including Sleigh Bells. (Side note – on the final day of the fest, security locked up the parking lot we were parked in until 3:30am. Ridiculous. I’ve heard they made some serious changes after 2010 but, I haven’t been back since.)
So, after the festival Sleigh Bells were making a stop in SLC opening up for Yeasayer, I made it a point to be there, too bad the rest of SLC decided to stay home. The show was fantastic. A few months later SLC finally caught on & packed into the Urban Lounge turning it into a madhouse. A few fights broke out, maybe even within my crew as we were squeezing our way to the front. Thanks to my pal Patrick, we made it… Pasha!
Their debut album, Treats, was one of my top five albums of 2010 & I was asked to do a brief write up about it for SLUG Magazine. You can check it here.
Sleigh Bells @ Club Sound (April 2010) Photo taken by Courtney Blair