Sleigh Bells have been full throttle ever since the release of their Top Star-earning sophomore LP, Reign of Terror, between tour dates with Red Hot Chili Peppers, solo shows galore, festival appearances, and even an appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. Despite all this, and a skateboarding accident, the band still found time to record a new studio album, which will see light in 2013.
In a lengthy interview with The Huffington Post, the band said they were motivated to quickly hit the studio following the success of their first two albums. “Success never paralyzes us,” Alexis Krauss explained. “It pushes us forward constantly. We’re half-way through the new record.”
Krauss added that because the band is a duo and without a drummer, it’s easier to put out albums. Guitarist Derek Miller echoed that sentiment, explaining, “Bands are complex units with four of five guys or girls, and everyone needs to agree. Alexis and I get along and we’re electric so we don’t need a practice space… we can just work on this or that.”
Discussing the album’s sound, Miller said, “it’s a lot more clean…it might sound surprising.” Krauss described her vocals as more “melodically” with a hint of R&B. “I use my voice in more of a, dare I say, traditional way.”
The band described the recording process as a “true collaboration.” Miller said, “‘Comeback Kid’ was a huge turning point for us. I gave her the instrumental, and within five minutes, we had a whole song. It opened my eyes. I felt like she was extremely underutilized. I’m not spread quite as thin this time. She’s doing most of the heavy lifting on this.”