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Interview:
Work ethic rings true for Brooklyn's Sleigh Bells
 

By GARY GRAFF
@GraffonMusic

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Brooklyn's Sleigh Bells have made quite a bit of noise during just five years together.

The duo of Alexis Krauss and former Poison The Well guitarist Derek E. Miller has released three albums -- including this year's "Bitter Rivals" -- and an EP, along with plenty of touring. And its songs have been licensed to a long and still-growing list of movies and TV shows, with Sleigh Bells even appearing as itself in the 2012 film "Premium Rush."

"I lost my dad in a very quick and tragic way; I think that had given me a real sense of urgency, just awareness of my own mortality and that of the band's," explains Miller, 32. "I don't take it for granted. I'm here, and I'm going to work. I don't really see the point in delaying anything. It's not really a strategy; if I was waiting and drawing these things out, that would be strategic and career moves.

"But that's not what this is about to me."

Miller and Krauss are hardly churning out the same old thing, either. Sleigh Bells has experimented on each of its releases, and "Bitter Rivals" also establishes Krauss as more of a contributing partner rather than Miller dominating as he has in the past.

"She's pushing a little more air with his one, and they're her melodies so she feels much more confident," Miller says. "I just gave her instrumentals and lyrics and let her do her thing. I was happy to do it and just focus on production and arrangements and not feel like I was spread so thin. She really stepped up, and I feel like it took the music somewhere else, which is what we always want to do."

Sleigh Bells and Doldrums perform Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Door open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 313-833-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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