Sleigh Bells – the Brooklyn, NY duo comprised of vocalist Alexis Krauss and producer/guitarist Derek Miller – have today shared new track “Rainmaker,” the second single from their forthcoming mini-LP Kid Kruschev due out November 10th, 2017 on the band’s own Torn Clean label. Following on the heels of the dark, meditative “And Saints”, “Rainmaker” marks a return to the band’s block-party influences, mixing a subtly eq’d sampling of the classic The Soul Searchers “Ashley’s Roachclip” breakbeat (made famous in Eric B & Rakim’s “Paid In Full”), with layers of gritty head-rush instrumental immersion, careening guitars, pep rally stomps and Krauss’s urgent, crystalline vocals to glorious effect. LISTEN HERE
Says Miller about the song: “Some of you might recognize the main synth/chord progression of ‘Rainmaker’ from the trailer we made for Reign of Terror back in 2011. I’ve always loved those chords…only took me six years to find the right spot for them. I’ve also been dying to sample the Soul Searchers ‘Ashley’s Roachclip’ break, which is up there with Funky Drummer in my humble opinion (Miss you, Clyde). I think the two speak to each other, puts me in a good place. And of course I really, really love Alexis’s vocal which sounds desperate in the best way.”
Sleigh Bells will also be embarking on a massive North American tour this winter. Dates are below; Sunflower Bean support on multiple dates.
Following the tremendous response to the band’s last critically acclaimed album, Jessica Rabbit, Miller and Krauss found themselves more inspired than ever before. Krauss’s move out of Brooklyn to upstate New York gave the band a new place from which to work; the political climate gave them new topics to tackle, embracing both the personal and world-scale anxiety of the moment.