Dan'l Boone is an experimental outlet for a number of proficient indie and noise musicians: Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux, Nate Young of Wolf Eyes, Alex Moskos of Drainolih and Charles Ballas of Formant. This self-titled record is considered by the band to be their most abstract work, bringing together electronics, acoustic percussion and even some clarinet. 'Dan'l Boone' is a sprawling work from a strange little super-group.
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Experimental noise supergroup alert! Dan'l Boone is the frankly bonkers mega-team of Neil Michael Hagerty (Royal Trux, Howling Hex), Alex Moskos (Drainolith, AIDS Wolf), Nate Young (Wolf Eyes, Moon Pool & Dead Band, a hundred other fucking bands) and Charles Ballas (Formant). That's some serious pedigree right there.
As for the music? It's a bit hard work. A completely insane, often rather intense and schizophrenic racket which runs the gamut from awkwardly arrhythmic noise rock crunching to freeform improv clatter, hallucinatory electronic skitter'n'scree and strange chanted, chopped and mangled vocalisations. Judging by the press release a lot of thought was put into doing this methodically, using scores and diagrams, which is interesting because I have no idea how I would notate something this queasily chaotic. It's quickly clear (in case you didn't already guess from the names involved) that you needn't look on here for pop songs, or really any clear semblance of unified melody or rhythm. If you want to listen to four grown men making a mind-warping mangled free noise mess all over your stereo, though, go ahead and fry your noggin.
8/10 Tommy Trux Customer review, 27th October 2014
Experience bodes well that what appears unpleasant at first to the senses is a treasure to be gradually revealed and cherished and not the Pandora's box to be feared. But enough of these metaphors, Mr Hagerty's new adventures a listen. Not the most pleasant of sounds at first but admirable, especially from someone as prolific as the ex Trux soundman. Thumbs up all the way!
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