Profiles

Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells: "I just wanted it to sound like a gang of ferocious women."

Since forming in 2008, Sleigh Bells (due tomorrow night at the Ogden Theatre) have issued three records, a debut EP on M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. Recordings in 2009, followed by two full-length albums, 2010's Treats and its latest offering, Reign of Terror. The band's combination of heavy, expansive guitar rock and hyperkinetic, layered rhythms, along with Alexis Krauss's commanding vocal delivery, caught on with audiences early on, and its bombastic, visceral live performances have evolved as the music has.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.