|Born||18 November 1965|
|Origin||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, choral, spiritual|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Associated acts||Polyphonic Spree
Secret Machines
Though he was raised somewhat religiously, DeLaughter says he:
started finding religion in other things that had nothing to do with the church—it was more the environment, trees and sun and weather and, you know. I found that my prosperity is through the growth of the environment, the trees and stuff. It’s weird—I see, like, the asphalt and there’s a little patch of grass that grows up in that asphalt and cars are going over it daily. We’ve all seen it, and it’s the worst environment for anything to grow, but that patch of grass that’s growing there in the middle of that asphalt with cars rolling over it somehow makes an enormous amount of sense to me. So I find a lot of religion in that as well. It’s an interesting path I’ve been on, but there again, you know, there’s my hope all over again. I think we’re all there in the same place, it’s just a different way of looking at it.
In 1990 DeLaughter formed the band Tripping Daisy along with Jeff Bouck (drums), Wes Berggren (guitar) and Mark Pirro (bass). They released four albums altogether, including the platinum-selling I Am an Elastic Firecracker in 1995, which spawned the single "I Got a Girl", their biggest hit. Berggren died in October 1999 of a drug overdose, and the band disbanded several months later. DeLaughter was heavily affected by Berggren's death.
Since 2001, DeLaughter has toured extensively with the Polyphonic Spree, and has collaborated with acts such as Stereolab, Death in Vegas, Peter Gabriel and David Bowie. He scored the music for the film, Thumbsucker. The soundtrack to that film was released on September 13, 2005.
DeLaughter also composed the score for the 2008 film Visioneers.
Since 2010, DeLaughter has been involved in a side project, a band called Preteen Zenith, that made its debut at the Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival on July 23, 2011.
DeLaughter is married to Julie Doyle. They have four children.