Dax Riggs will release Say Goodnight To The World on August 3rd. Riggs is in the middle of a series of Texas and Louisiana pre-release tour dates that will continue through late June.
Say Goodnight To The World is Riggs' second album under his own name. Known for his work as deadboy & the Elephantmen and with Acid Bath, he shed the deadboy moniker in advance of his debut solo album, We Sing of Only Blood or Love. Blood or Love was released in 2007 by Fat Possum
he new album picks up where the "gutter-rock gold" (Spin, 'Breaking Out') and "revelatory fun" (Esquire) of Blood or Love left off and answers any questions about where his creative ghosts would take him next: Riggs describes, "A kind of transcendental proto-metal, soul-punk poetry."
Say Goodnight To The World was recorded at Riggs' home over two weeks in January. He co-produced the album with Robbie Lee (guitar and multi-instrumentalist; also of The Howling Hex, Baby Dee), with mixing by Eric Wofford (The Black Angels, Bill Callahan). Bandmates Charley Siess and Kevin Fitzsimmons handle drums and bass, respectively.
Riggs' internalized blues seep through his songwriting and lend an otherworldliness to the album, on heavy, haunting tracks like "Say Goodnight To The World" and "Like Moonlight." "Gravedirt On My Blue Suede Shoes," "No One Will Be A Stranger," and "Let Me Be Your Cigarette" deliver the same weight in transmuted form, as deadboy-like deathpop. Couple in his strikingly rich and versatile voice, and his cover of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" is brought to its most forlorn darkest depths. The potent "Sleeping With The Witch" and "You Were Born To Be My Gallows" share deceptively languid, unexpected and odd beauty.
Say Goodnight To The World track listing:
1. Say Goodnight To The World
2. I Hear Satan
3. You Were Born To Be My Gallows
4. Gravedirt On My Blue Suede Shoes
5. Like Moonlight
6. No One Will Be A Stranger
7. Heartbreak Hotel
8. Sleeping With The Witch
9. Let Me Be Your Cigarette
10.See You All In Hell Or New Orleans
Dax Riggs tour dates:
May 27 Austin, Tx Lambert's
May 28 Dallas, Tx The Cavern
May 29 Houston, Tx Mango's
Jun. 4 Houma, La The City Club
Jun. 5 New Orleans, La One Eyed Jacks
Jun. 11 Lake Charles, La Luna
Jun. 12 New Orleans, La One Eyed Jacks
Jun. 18 Lafayette, La Bluemoon Saloon
Jun. 19 New Orleans, La One Eyed Jacks
Jun. 25 Baton Rouge, La Spanish Moon
Jun. 26 New Orleans, La One Eyed Jacks