JUNE 11-16 PRE-RELEASE DATES CONFIRMED “His low Delta howl is the pretty, pained yelp of a wounded swamp animal”–ROLLING STONE
“As if Jeff Buckley covered Ziggy Stardust on the banks of the Mississippi Delta”–ESQUIREWe Sing of Only Blood or Love, the new album from Dax Riggs, has been confirmed for an August 21 release on Fat Possum. The 15-track record finds the Houma, Louisiana singer/songwriter who’d previously recorded under the deadboy & the Elephantmen guise (and long before that as a member of sludge metal pioneers Acid Bath) finally making his maiden voyage under his own name.
Written and recorded in the aftermath of extensive touring behind deadboy’s critically acclaimed We Are Night Sky-which received accolades ranging from a 4-star ROLLING STONE review to ELLE’s Best of the Month–We Sing of Only Blood or Love is as much the debut of an astonishing new musical voice as it is the culmination of a career and passion that’s consumed most of Dax’s young life.
We Sing of Only Blood or Love was conceived on Hallows Eve 2006, when Dax hooked up with the record’s producer and guitar player Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Prince Superwolf blah blah blah) for sessions that began at New Orleans’ Piety Studios and concluded at the Rare Book Room in Brooklyn. The record features an assortment of musicians including Dax’s latter-day deadboy tourmates Alex Bergeron (bass), Adam Clement (drums), Sean Keating (keys) and Lucas Broussard (backing vocals) as well as drummer Endless Andy (Endless Boogie, Brightblack Morning Light), additional guitar from T.K. Webb, J.T. Van Zandt and Bozo Cyclops, piano and keys from Endless Andy’s bro Robt. E. Lee, drums by Sweeney’s Chavez cohort James Lo and more…
As the material took on a singular life of its own, Dax announced via his myspace page that he would be laying the deadboy moniker to rest and releasing We Sing of Only Blood or Love under his own name, adding “I want to thank everyone who supported deadboy & the Elephantmen, it was and will always be more than just a band, it’s in my DNA.” That DNA runs deep through “Demon Tied To A Chair,” “Didn’t Know Yet” and “Radiation Blues,” but also pervades more passionate extremes on “Terrors of Nightlife” and “Ouroboros,” some serious glam rave-up to “Living is Suicide” and “I Forgot I Was Alive,” and a cover of Richard Thompson’s “Wall Of Death.”
Dax Riggs will be playing a handful of U.S. dates this June in advance of We Sing of Only Blood or Love‘s release. For further information, please contact Steve Martin or Amy Grote at nasty little man tel 212 343 0740 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
DAX RIGGS ON TOUR
11 Philadelphia, PA North Star
12 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
13 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
15 Detroit, MI Lager House
16 Chicago, IL Schubas