Derek E. Miller and Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells went on stage at the El Rey a little after 11 p.m. and rocked the venue for about half an hour. The set was short but very sweet. The duo definitely brought their debut album, Treats, to life as they bombarded fans with their unique brand of Brooklyn noise pop.

What I love about Sleigh Bells is their ability to mash up different styles of music and still make it sound cool. In a given track, you’ll hear hardcore guitars and sweet vocals over dirty synths and hip-hop beats. This eclectic style plays well on the studio album but is extremely exciting to hear and experience live. This was especially true on tracks such as “Infinity Guitars” and “Crown on the Ground” where Krauss screams and sings with the same hardcore intensity as Miller’s guitar riffs.

Throughout the set, I was also impressed with the fact that they didn’t attempt to contain the clean-yet-distorted sonic edge they employ on tracks like “Run the Heart” and “A/B Machines.” This purposeful inclusion of distorted beats and vocals really differentiates the band and adds another layer of complexity to their fearless sound.