Governors Ball 2014: Sleigh Bells Rules Sunset With Relentless Set

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Sleigh Bells performs on stage during day 2 of the Governors Ball 2014 at Randall's Island on June 7, 2014 in New York City.

As helicopters circled above the green at Governors Ball on Saturday (June 7), a flock of fans migrated from the Strokes on the main stage to the small Gotham stage ready in dark blues. As many walked through to catch Spoon on the Honda stage, those that stayed were rewarded with an ominous drone that echoed over the crowd. The noise pop group Sleigh Bells took the stage, as drum beats began the show, Alexis Krauss taking the stage last in her signature look of black leather jacket, white tee, and jean shorts. She moved her hands in the air and two stepped with her hair dangling below, her signature dance move.

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An audible click click click hit as guitars blared, and their signature light show began of what looked like high beam car lights flashing. They opened with the noisey "Minnie," Alexis rocking her signature black hair head bang in the bright white lights. ""How you guys doing tonight? Let's get this sh*t popping!" She screamed into the riotous crowd. Her movements onstage were by far the most energetic of the day, giving her all to convert the crowd, which was noticeably less crowded than any other show of the day. Twinkling keys could be heard as the heavy bass dropped over and over. Alexis continued, "Holy sh*t this feels incredible - let's keep it going."

The stage turned orange as the lights blared between the Marshall stacked amps, their signature stage set up. "You guys are insane! So much love" she giggled, almost giddy to be playing as part of the festival. Surging into “Bitter Rivals,” Alexis channeled the Beastie Boys with her swag vocals on opening line, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” yelling into the crowd. Her yelped falsetto at times sounded like a howling puppy dog.
As the set perfectly transitioned the party into sundown, Alexis shared that they had a lot of family and friends in the crowd, even her mom. A big takeaway from their set was the homecoming, as she reflected on being back in New York, even name dropping their first ever gig in Brooklyn. "We played our first show at Union Pool in Brooklyn and we played this song - it's our dance party song", she shared launching into the track “Demons,” raging on the repeated line “Take it down, take it down, take it down.”
“"F*ck it I don't need a microphone stand. F*ck you microphone stand," she joked to the crowd, to laughs, before launching into "You Don't Get Me Twice,” a standout to the evening’s set, which felt like a blur of flashing lights, bass, and head banging. “Be cool, be cool” Alexis asked the crowd before the close, as fans were clearly moshing too hard for her – an endearing moment for a band still on the rise.

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