INTERVIEW AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY SLEIGH BELLS
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DEREK MILLER—If you had to paint one pattern on your nails and live with it for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
ALEXIS KRAUSS—Sparkly neon leopard-print with rainbow unicorns, sprinkles and blood splatter. I can’t think of anything that would make me happier.
DM—If your dog Rizla magically learned to speak, what would be your first round of questions for her?
AK—1) What are you thinking when you look at your butt after you emit flatulent gases? 2) What happened to your face? 3) Do you ever miss your real family? 4) Which boys are cuter: pit bulls or pugs?
DM—If you could resurrect any dead musician and form a band with them, who would it be?
DM—Would you rather be a rocket ship or a hummingbird?
AK—Hummingbird. I like the idea of buzzing around, singing constantly and drinking flower juice.
DM—Who was the first person to break your heart?
AK—My first high school boyfriend – let’s say his name was Ted – broke my heart pretty badly. Ted had his best friend call me after school to break up with me over the phone. Probably karma, considering six months earlier I sent my friend into a school basketball game to break up with a previous boyfriend – let’s say his name was Tim – so could start dating Ted. She told Tim the news while he was sitting in the bleachers with his friends. Tim was so mad he threw his popcorn at her.
DM—What’s your favorite food and color?
AK—Fish tacos and Caribbean blue (which is apparently also the title of an Enya song).
DM—What is the meaning of time?
AK—Do a lot of really great shit before you die.
DM—Have you ever been stung by a jelly fish?
AK—Yes. I was boogie boarding when I was seven. I was in so much pain that the lifeguards had to carry me up the beach to the first aid building. The whole ordeal was already embarrassing enough and then they made me pee on my foot. If you had to live the rest of your life listening to the same 10-song playlist, what 10 songs would you choose?
I’d Die Without You – P.M. Dawn
Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard
Linger – The Cranberries
Ordinary – Acme
Lithium – Nirvana
Dancing in the Street – Martha and the Vandellas
Asking For It – Hole
One More Try – George Michael
Please Don’t Go – Double You
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
AK— _________ > __________?
DM—LSU > Alabama
AK—What should Tabasco’s next hot sauce flavor be?
DM—They just introduced Buffalo-flavored Tabasco which is a nice addition to their illustrious line of condiments. When I was a young man my family and I visited the McIlhenny factory on Avery Island, Louisiana, though I don’t remember very much. We sat in a small projection room where they screened a film on the aging process of their sauce.
AK—Who should have their own weekly column in The New York Times?
DM—I’m gonna go with honest John Olson of Wolf Eyes fame. Google his account of the first time Black Dice played his basement. If Mr. Olson is tied up, I’d be more than happy to read Elisa Ambrogio’s [from Magik Markers] thoughts on literally anything… cats, the taste of water, laundry tips, bingo. She’s funny as hell and ferocious.
AK—The best part about being in Sleigh Bells is…?
DM—1) The free beer that we pay for. 2) Making records. 3) Playing shows with Krauss every night, antibiotics, drugs, meeting peeps, working with my dude Shane Stoneback, electric eels, Jackson guitars, Guy Harvey prints, etc.
AK—What is your favorite quote, saying or expression?
DM—“Just win, baby” – Al Davis, RIP.
AK—If you could make me a custom Pop-Tart what flavor would it be? Please don’t forget to include filling and frosting.
DM—Rainbow-colored frosting consisting of the following flavors: blood-red cherry, purple upside-down snake, yellow fever, Prussian blue, and grasshopper green… with a cinnamon crust and Tabasco filling with shards of glass sprinkled on top.
AK—The best sound in the world is?
DM—Jimmy Ruffin’s What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
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