By Rya Backer
A lot can happen in a year. In 2010, Alexis Krauss and her bandmate Derek Miller (otherwise known as Sleigh Bells) attended Austin's South By Southwest music festival as one of the most hyped bands, even though they had only been together for a few months. They earned high praise for their electric live shows (of which there were many) and left with the highest honor one may earn from a stint at SXSW: Even more buzz.
Sleigh Bells are returning to Austin this year, this time with an LP (2010's excellent Treats), a handful of tours and — perhaps most importantly — some mtvU Woodie nominations under their belt. In addition to their chances of collecting an award for Breaking Woodie, Krauss and Miller will make their television debut at Wednesday night' (March 16) Woodies broadcast, as they'll be performing "Riot Rhythm" at the show.
We followed Ms. Krauss last week to Jezebel and Toff, a small SoHo store that customized her acid wash denim jacket (you may recognize it from its cameo in the video for "Rill Rill"), which will make its debut this evening. The jacket is rife with references to Krauss and Miller: The Golden Tut sports a pair of their signature Wayfarers, "A+" is sewn onto the back as a reference to Miller and Krauss' nicknames for each other and a palm tree is there because Vincent of Jezebel and Toff suggested that the band buy their own island.
They've got another 366 (leap year!) days to achieve that feat, but as we've come to learn, Sleigh Bells move pretty quickly.
The 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards will air live on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU on Wednesday, March 16, at midnight (ET/PT) from the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. For more information — and to vote for the winner of the "Breaking Woodie" award — check out Woodies.MTV.com.