There are only so many employment options for dudes who are into hardcore and approaching 30: bartender, tattoo artist, and drug dealer are some of the most common. Another popular option is starting an indie band, like Pitchfork-friendly duo SLEIGH BELLS. As you may know, the band is Derek from 90s metalcore pioneers Poison The Well and some homely, annoying hipster bish who sings. Sounds like stuff I hate, right? Not so fast!
Sleigh Bells “Infinity Guitars”
My favorite Poison The Well song, “Nerdy”
While I’m not really into their music, and in many ways Sleigh Bells are pretty much a checklist of things I hate (Brooklyn, hipsters, dance punk, girls with indie bangs, etc), there is one thing that makes me love them: Derek’s sick Jackson guitar! Nothing says “awesome 90s metalcore” like a Jackson (as seen in bands like 18 Visions, Abnegation, Morning Again, Earth Crisis, etc).
Vintage mosh-era 18 Visions, circa 1997. Note James’ Vegan Reich shirt, Throwdown vocalist Dave Peters in the XL basketball jersey, and that BOTH guitarists playing Jacksons!
It’s a small detail, but it’s enough for me– I take it as a little nod from Derek that says “I might be in a Pitchfork band now, but I’m still a moshbro who remembers losing my shit at Strongarm shows.” Big ups to Derek for making some cash, and count me as a Sleigh Bells fan!