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deadboy & the Elephantmen

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(2000 – 2007)

Formed by former Acid Bath frontman, Dax Riggs, Deadboy & the Elephantmen first appeared in late 2000, following in the wake of the break-up of his prior project, Agents of Oblivion. The earliest incarnations of DBATEM were little more than Dax Riggs playing solo shows under the moniker when not using his own name or the rarely used T-Daks & His White Plastic Soul. He would play early versions of Deadboy songs along with covers of Leonard Cohen, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, among others.

As time went on, Riggs began expanding the band and by early 2001 had a full line-up.

Deadboy’s first album, If this is Hell, Then I’m Lucky was released in 2002. The album was discontinued and for a time was extremely hard to find. However, it has recently been re-released by Rotten Records and Fat Possum. Fat Possum’s re-issue altered the artwork, spine and disc to say Dax Riggs instead of deadboy and The Elephantmen. Rotten’s re-issue kept the original art intact.

Following the first album Dax Riggs sought new musicians after a couple of the band members quit. The line-up for the first album consisted of Jason Dupre on the guitar, Christopher Gautreaux on the bass, and Jeff LeCompte on the drums. Niki Rhodes Jr. then rejoined the project again, after leaving it the first time, and Christopher (sax and keys) began working with him on . Other musicians where then brought in after Christopher and Niki left the group, and New York City-based Nasty Little Man handled the band’s live promotions. It was during this time that Tess Brunet was recruited and the two began recording.

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