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Derek Miller's Evolution: From Poison the Well to Sleigh Bells

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This attitude has pushed Sleigh Bells to great success. They appeared on Saturday Night Live, their songs are the soundtrack to countless advertisements, movies, and TV shows. "We approve each instance where we license a song. Licensing it to companies pays the bills, but it's not creatively fulfilling the way it was when we were in LA, and Alexis and I got to see an early version of The Bling Ring. Here was a song ("Crown on the Ground") we did on $500 worth of equipment, and it's in a great movie."

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After raving about what a great director Sophia Coppola is, especially in her first endeavor, The Virgin Suicides, it became obvious that Miller was a film fanatic, but when asked what movies influenced Sleigh Bells, he stumbled. "I know I'll think of something when I hang up the phone. Can I mention a book?" Sure. "Quincy Jones' autobiography. He's a great music producer, and a wonderful human being who inspires me to no end. When he talks about God's divining rod as anytime the hair on the back of his neck stands up, and he knows he had a hit. Anyone who has worked in music can relate to that."

A second later, he mentioned he also really liked ESPN's 30 on 30 sports documentaries. Which brought up another question. Since Miller's a Florida born sports fan, why in the video for "Bitter Rivals" is he wearing an LSU football jersey? "I'm wearing the Tyrann Mathieu jersey, the Honeybadger, who I can relate to, because I also have a lot of demons. But my family is from Louisiana before they moved to Florida. My parents went to LSU and so did my sister and brother-in-law, so it's me flying the flag for my Dad."

Sleigh Bells. With Doldrums. 8 p.m., on Saturday, November 2, at Culture Room 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $25 plus fees. Call 954-564-1074, or visit

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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