See Sleigh Bells Obliterate 'Bitter Rivals' With a Horn Section on 'Kimmel'

Noise-pop duo unpack compressed sound for thrilling late-night appearance

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Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

If you're headed into battle, you're going to want reinforcements. Sleigh Bells employed that strategy on October 17, when they invaded Jimmy Kimmel Live! with a live drummer, a troop of back-up singers, and a horn section. The former SPIN cover stars demolished "Bitter Rivals" — the bulldoze-and-weave title track from the duo's recently released third album — and then launched into the fanged "Tiger Kit." Alexis Krauss and Derek E. Miller did what they do best: She swaggered across the stage, talking trash in her sugary va-va-voom, and he shredded his guitar, wielding arena-sized riffs in an ABC studio. The extra support lent the head-banging heartbreakers some extra oomph and bounce, while the zippy camerawork kept the performance feeling kinetic. As Krauss sings in "Tiger Kit": "Thanks for the memories." Watch "Bitter Rivals" above and find "Tiger Kit" below.

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