Dax Riggs

Dax Riggs’ live session with us was the most appropriate to dig up for Halloween. I’m pretty sure his voice pulls spirits from their graves.

Dax Riggs – Say Goodnight To The World (HearYa Live Session)

Dax Riggs – Let Me Be Your Cigarette (HearYa Live Session)

Dax Riggs – Sleeping With The Witch (HearYa Live Session)

Dax Riggs – I Hear Satan (HearYa Live Session)

Dax Riggs – Heartbreak Hotel (HearYa Live Session)

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Vocals. That’s what immediately comes to mind when I hear the name Dax Riggs. His voice is other-worldly, expelling dark lyrics in a visceral howl. He’s half man, half beast.

Riggs’ musical career broke with his band, Acid Bath, garnering him a following in the underground metal scene. We fell in love with him after he formed Deadboy and Elephantman in 2002, which featured a more blues-inspired sound, landing squarely in the HearYa sweet spot.  Here we are in 2010, embarking on Halloween, and Dax Riggs has just released his third solo album Say Goodnight To the World. It’s a gloomy album that was recorded in his home studio in Austin, TX.

Dax and band visited us while touring through Chicago to showcase a few songs from the new album. “I Hear Satan” starts things off with a slow burn followed by several dark ballads, including a cover of “Heartbreak Hotel.” That song was originally inspired by the suicide of a man who left a note behind that read, “I walk a lonely street.” It was written by a high school teacher, arranged by Tommy Durden, and made famous by Elvis Presley. Dax brings the spirit of the song back to it’s haunting roots in the session and on the album. And finally, the session ends with a face melter in “Let Me Be Your Cigarette.”

I can’t think of a better session to ward off (or maybe welcome) evil spirits in the month of October.

Dax Riggs Band Intro

Exclusive: Dax Riggs – I Hear Satan

Exclusive: Dax Riggs – Sleeping With The Witch

Exclusive: Dax Riggs – Heartbreak Hotel

Exclusive: Dax Riggs – Say Goodnight To The World (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Exclusive: Dax Riggs – Let Me Be Your Cigarette (Videos: Vimeo | YouTube)

Video: Dax Riggs – Let Me Be Your Cigarette (Live in Chicago at Shirk Music + Sound)

Video: Dax Riggs – Say Goodnight To The World (Live in Chicago at Shirk Music + Sound)

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We’ve followed Dax Riggs since his early days with deadboy and The Elephant Men and we fell in love with his dark, blues-rock inspired solo debut back in ’07. Dax is back and just released a new single from his upcoming August 3rd release Say Goodnight To The World.‚  Sounds like he may be abandoning some of that psychedelic blues sound for more straight-forward rock n’ roll. His attitude is fully in tact.

He’ll be touring starting next month. Check MySpace for dates.

Dax Riggs – No One Will Be A Stranger

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