I can guarantee that I am one of only a handful of people to attend both Insane Clown Posse at the LC and Sleigh Bells at BoMA on Friday evening. The Juggalo-to-hipster culture shock just about gave me whiplash.
Fortunately, the late start time for Sleigh Bells who were scheduled to go on at 12:30 a.m. allowed me and my partner-in-concert-crime to catch both.
After navigating a massive line outside BoMA, I found myself in a sea of humanity that could not have been more different from where I came from not many club kids and hipsters into ICP apparently.
Sleigh Bells have always reminded me of a bubblegum pop version of Atari Teenage Riot, which is pretty awesome in concept. The band actually arrived on stage closer to 1:30 a.m., guitarist Derek Miller in a spacesuit, singer Alexis Krauss clad in a schoolgirl jumper.
The set was short the Bells debut album offers only about a half-hour of materiel but intensely energetic, both onstage and on the floor. Krauss is so kinetic, it seems unlikely anyone could maintain that energy for much longer, anyway.
Id also wager I was one of the few people both at Sleigh Bells and Slayer at the LC a few weeks ago, so I can confirm that Slayer was louder though not by much. Hello again, tinnitus!