deadboy & the Elephantmen, We Are Night Sky

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Stark and grim and harrowing as the apocalypse, Louisiana duo deadboy & The Elephantmen write songs in which the sky goes black and rains skulls, people dress in smoke, and blood spirals down a bathtub drain. They're like the White Stripes in a black mood, merging the bleak desperation of early blues with the thundering power of grimy garage. Principal songwriter Dax Riggs was raised a Jehovah's Witness, and his songs obsess over the end of days and a final, impending judgment that seems ever imminent, ever inescapable.