Just over a decade ago, when The Deathray Davies got their start, they were sort of a reverse supergroup; just about everyone in the band has since moved on to perform with bigger acts. Lead singer John Dufilho now drums for Apples In Stereo; Jason Garner and Dylan Silvers are now in Polyphonic Spree and Preteen Zenith; and Peter Schmidt was already a Dallas music stalwart by the time he joined Deathray, thanks to his work with the legendary Funland band in the '90s.
But this week in 2000, aside from Schmidt, these guys were just six unknown, quirky dudes on a small stage making great pop music.
In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, former Observer writer Erin Judge caught up with the fun-loving members of The Deathray Davies, who were fresh off the release of their sophomore album The Return of the Drunk Ventriloquist. Judge wrote that, because of how busy The Deathray Davies' members were with other acts, the band's future was uncertain.
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They did, however, manage to keep going for several years after the article was written.
Nowadays, they haven't performed in years, thanks to Dufilho's involvement in Apples and his other side project, I Love Math. Rumor has it, though, a new Deathray album is on the way once again.
Hit the jump to read the entire thing. And why that news of a new album is good news indeed.
Yeah, we know, it's a tight margin. So read the whole thing in the Observer's online archive.