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“Daniel Higgs was born in 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland. parallel practices of art, music, poetry, and dance begun at various young ages and are even now continuing to converge on a single practice, which may be compared with or identified as one’s own experience of reality offered in reckless worship and sacrifice to the mystery deity hiding within us, around us, and, truly, occluded by our experience of it in our professed knowledge and ignorance.” -Guess Who

Daniel Higgs, greatly inspired by bands such as the Sex Pistols, Black Flag, and Minor Threat, as well as acknowledging Devo as a major influence (lyrically if nothing else) formed the locally popular Baltimore art-punk band Reptile House in the mid 1980s, which he fronted. Opening for many “major” bands that came through the Baltimore area, Reptile House gained a large local following, and embarked on several U.S. tours. In the process, Higgs befriended Ian Mackaye (Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Embrace, Fugazi), who helped to put out the one and only Reptile House full-length. The now-legendary Lungfish music band immediately rose from the ashes of Reptile House, and in between that band’s activity, Daniel keeps busy by performing solo sets involving jews harp, guitar, and vocals, in addition to creating many other forms of art.

Higgs was also involved in a side project with fellow Lungfish member Asa Osborne called The Pupils in the early 2000s. Their sole eponymous release was put out by Dischord Records in 2002.


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  • why-am-i-here

    Remember to say God and say God.

    25 Apr 1:46am Reply
  • spacemagick

    Daniel is a man who has seen the light

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • PSkwiggles

    Beyond & Between refuses to scrobble.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
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  • iliveinthewoods


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  • MallorMallow

    so freak! <3

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • schoppenaas

    Check the new Higgs album Beyond & Between:

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • chairock

    New Higgs album Ultraterrestrial Harvest Hymns is really close to Cone of Light - finally!

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Pukkkk


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    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • tsintskaro

    New Higgs album with Twig Harper on Thrill Jockey

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • schoppenaas

    Let us ecstatically confess our high degree of idiocy

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Pukkkk

    say god: god is a mantra

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Haellica

    Say God, definitely <3

    19 Jul 2010 Reply
  • tsintskaro

    As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, Crying Whát I do is me: for that I came. Í say móre: the just man justices; Kéeps gráce: thát keeps all his goings graces; Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is— Chríst—for Christ plays in ten thousand places, Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his To the Father through the features of men’s faces. Gerard Manley Hopkins

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • chairock

    Say God.

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    say god's my favorite of the year so far..

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • schoppenaas

    Say God

    21 May 2010 Reply
  • tsintskaro

    I really like that track too, in fact, if someone asked me in a nutshell what Higgs' work is about I would point them to that track specifically. I've heard everything he has released as a solo artist. I see him as a guy on a very personal trip, but his music interests me less and less, the new album is well produced and not as scratchy or grating as his past output and for me he is at his best within a group but that is purely from a musical POV. It's good that you can be upfront about wanting a musical guru as I think this is where the real interest is for a lot of folks, I mean, check out the quasi-religious write-up over on the Thrill Jockey site, less about the music and more about the persona of Daniel Higgs. I see what you are saying about gnosticism but lyrically I see much more of a hindu element (and the Krishna movement, which is all about "saying God"), although he uses a lot of free play with various religious traditions substituting a word or phrase here and there.

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • luminous_insect

    you obviously have more insight about this than I had first guessed, I in a sense am looking for a musical guru, but I see where you have a point. I find points of "say god" (especially "Hoofprints..." and "A Message From The Beautiful") are indeed out of control, with far less restraint than on "Devotional Songs." yet I do see it all as part of the journey. kind of like coil. I also am versed in/interested in the same sort of mysticism and semi-Christian gnosticism that he is, so I might find it easier to relate to than you. but the track "Say God" floored me, I didn't see it as new age relaxation tape territory at all, which is why I had such an initially negative reaction.

    18 May 2010 Reply
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