Written and Photographed by Angel Park
Brooklyn-based duo Sleigh Bells performed the last stop of their US Texis tour this past Saturday evening at Philadelphia’s Theater of Living Arts. The band is known for its unique, catchy noise pop sound and heavy-hitting beats. They have been playing together since ’06 and have released four albums throughout their career, with their latest release Texis, marking their triumphant return to the genre.
This show also marked the first performance from the group in the area in over two years and served as a high-energy, memorable send-off for fans that packed the venue floor that evening.
Supporting Sleigh Bells that evening were Baltimore’s rap/trap rock solo artist EU1OGY and Denver-based pop artist N3PTUNE.
EU1OGY is an experimental artist who most definitely cannot be defined by a single genre. His sound is a bold, unapologetic blend of hardcore, trap, and hip-hop. Live, He synthesized these varieties of styles into a brave, almost hard-to-decipher performance, switching his melodies between distorted guitar riffs, synths, and growly vocals. Listeners were all headbanging along at some points, and that same energy carried over as he made way for the second act, N3PTUNE, to take the stage.
N3PTUNE is an up-and-coming artist hailed as a ‘Denver Musician to Watch’ and widely praised for his enigmatic live performances. With his unmatched energy and awe-inspiring musical fusion of blues, gospel, and soul, N3PTUNE and his dedicated guitarist and drummer quickly captivated the crowd, filling their set with cheers, dances, and arms raised high. Standout tracks included the group’s gripping cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” and the original track, “Black Horse.”
Finally, following N3PTUNE was Sleigh Bells. Vocalist Alexis Krauss and Guitarist/producer Derek Miller were met with the screams of adoring fans as they dove right into the opening chords of “Justine Go Genesis.” By this point, the floor was fully packed out, with fans lining the front row and grooving along with the duo’s high-energy vocals and riffs. They thanked the crowd for being there and said they wanted to make the most of their current tour’s last show. Throughout their performance, Krauss utilized the full use of the stage, jumping and encouraging fans to shout along to lyrics of favorites such as “Riot Rythm,” “Crown on The Ground,” and “Infinity Guitars.” There wasn’t an audience member who wasn’t dancing, singing, or nodding along to the music that evening, and the same energy and drive that carried the group through the past decade of albums and tours still shone strong.