For those who don’t partake in the vigorous study of Appalachian history, the actual Daniel Boone was some crazy wack American explorer who survived captivity in the hands of the Shawnee, and who single-handedly discovered Kentucky after gliding over the land using a man-sized, custom flying squirrel costume. I might have the minutiae slightly incorrect, but he was an explorer, and though his legacy has reportedly been exaggerated to a ridiculous degree, that fact alone may have been enough. Uniformly adventurous musicians Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Neil Hagerty (The Howling Hex, formerly of Royal Trux), Alex Moskos (Drainolith), and Charles Ballas (Formant) have just formed Dan’l Boone, and nothing makes any sense.
“I’d come downstairs into Charles’ basement and Nate and Neil would be making competing diagrams that represented the record. I was so lost,” says Moskos. And to supplement the visual philosophizing, Hagerty stated the following, “cryptically,” in a voicemail to Ballas: “To create music by reverting to zit-popping thrash, you must believe that the prognosis is so dismal that it takes time to hear them retain enough for your face before summary dismissal.” Context might’ve been helpful here, or you might just want to skip right to the psychoactive aids. So confused right now.
Perhaps thank Hagerty for the Drag City connects, though! The self-titled LP is out September 23.
Dan’l Boone tracklisting:
01. Pasadena Rings
02. Thee Testimonye of An Maiden
04. Paper Tree Alley
06. Hostage Rock