Don’t mention one-hit wonders around the members of Deadeye Dick.
The quirky single, “New Age Girl,” won’t be the last you will hear from the alternative-pop trio from New Orleans.
“I think what it will do is give a lot of attention to the band and give the band a visual and verbal identity,” says drummer Billy Landry, “so when ‘Marguerite,’ ‘Perfect Family’ and ‘Sentimental Crap’ and all the other singles come out, hopefully we’ll get that far with this.”
While “New Age Girl” slowly climbs Billboard’s pop singles chart, this week up to No. 49, the band thinks its Ichiban album, “A Different Story,” has Gin Blossoms-like staying power.
“Their first single came out almost two years ago, and it didn’t do much for the (‘New Miserable Experience’) album at all, but you knew who they were,” Landry says. “Now you realize that those are three incredibly good songs and singles that they’ve put out. We have the same potential.”
Formed in 1991 along with guitarist Caleb Guillotte and bassist Mark Miller, Deadeye Dick took its hometown by storm with its self-produced “New Age Girl.” Other cities followed, then record labels came around with contracts in hand. The vocal trio settled on the hands-on feel of Ichiban.
The three credit their “fourth member,” aggressive manager Stephen Klein, with opening doors for them.
“He was living in Atlanta and we were in New Orleans,” Miller says. “We had sent tapes to him. He responded, said he loved it but he thought, ‘There’s no way these guys can be this good live.’
“He came to see us six months later and he just flipped, and we haven’t been able to get rid of him since,” he says with a laugh.
BWF (before we forget): Deadeye Dick’s second Ichiban album, “Whirl,” was released in 1995.
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