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Dax Riggs performing June 6, 2008, at Lola's Saloon, Fort Worth, Texas
October 15, 1973 |
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
|Genres||Blues rock, indie rock, heavy metal, stoner rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar. Synthesizer|
|Associated acts||Dry Pussy, Golgotha, Acid Bath, Daisyhead & The Mooncrickets, Agents of Oblivion, Deadboy & the Elephantmen|
Dax David Riggs (born October 15, 1973, Evansville, Indiana) is an American musician, best-known for formerly fronting the sludge metal band Acid Bath in the 1990s. Dax has been a part of many projects since then, including Agents of Oblivion and Deadboy & the Elephantmen. In 2007 he began releasing material under his own name. He currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.
- 1 Bands
- 2 Discography
- 3 See also
- 4 Interviews
- 5 External links
Corruption was Dax in his teens fronting a thrash metal band that played cover songs, though they never played a real gig.
Golgotha was the sludge/thrash metal foundation of what would later become Acid Bath. The band released one demo Wet Dreams of the Insane (1991) under that name before changing it. It featured Dax Riggs as the lead vocalist, Mike Sanchez and Jerry "Boon" Businelli on guitar, Jimmy Kyle on drums, and Chad Pierce on bass.
Acid Bath was a seminal heavy metal band from southern Louisiana. The band was marked by an unusual blend of black metal, doom metal, hardcore punk and psychedelia. Singer Dax Riggs's voice could range from a guttural growl to a Roy Orbison-esque wail in mid-song. In the liner notes for their second album, Paegan Terrorism Tactics, the band thanked the ghost of Roy Orbison (as well as David Bowie) for his help in creating their sound. The band was also noted for Dax's imaginative and distinctive lyrics which often featured themes of death and drugs.
Daisyhead & The Mooncrickets
Daisyhead & The Mooncrickets was a project of Dax Riggs between 1995 and 1997 that never took off. Only two Daisyhead recordings are known to exist: Skeletal Circus Derails, a 6 song recording from 1995, and a self-titled 14-track album from 1997, where most of the songs are cut off before they end.
They also detail a point in Riggs' career when he struggled for life after Acid Bath, which disbanded following the death of bassist Audie Pitre in 1997.
Toward the end of Daisyhead & The Mooncrickets, Riggs was pushing for a more melodic sound, which materializes in his subsequent bands Agents of Oblivion and deadboy & the Elephantmen. That sound was first heard on the Daisyhead recordings.
Agents of Oblivion
Agents of Oblivion was the first of Dax's post-Acid Bath projects to release any official recordings. The band first emerged with a five song demo and featured former Acid Bath guitarist Mike Sanchez on lead guitar. The demo included "Big Black Backwards," "Ash of the Mind," and other songs which would later appear on the band's self-titled debut, along with 2 other songs: "Riding the Wormhole" and a new version of "The Skeletal Circus Derails." The album, issued in 2000, features a blend of spare, dark ballads interspersed with blues-based heavy metal, although the sound never reverts to the more aggressive stylings of Acid Bath. The band broke up after a short tour in support of the album.
Deadboy & the Elephantmen
Deadboy & the Elephantmen was Dax's next band, who were active from 2000 until 2007. Initially a Dax solo project, it later morphed into a full band before eventually settling on a two-piece lineup of Dax and drummer Tessie Brunet. The band toured on many festivals with many bands, including Fiery Furnaces, Peaches, Eagles of Death Metal, Wolfmother, and Heartless Bastards, and released albums on Fat Possum Records.
T-Daks & His White Plastic Soul and Dax Riggs
Dax's solo project started out under the name T-Daks & His White Plastic Soul. Riggs performed a handful of live shows under that name, mostly performing acoustic. After the breakup of Deadboy & The Elephantmen in early 2007, Dax stated that he would release future albums under his own name. His first solo album, We Sing of Only Blood or Love, was released on Fat Possum Records in August 2007. Dax's second album, Say Goodnight to the World was released on August 3, 2010 (also with Fat Possum Records).
with Acid Bath
with Agents of Oblivion
- Agents of Oblivion (2000)
with Deadboy & the Elephantman
- If This Is Hell, Then I'm Lucky (2002)
- Song Mechanism EP (2004)
- We Are Night Sky (2005)
- If This Is Hell, Then I'm Lucky (rereleased 2008)