If you know David Boone you won't be surprised to learn he's been ridiculously busy. He started touring the West Coast a couple months ago in an RV with his band, D A W N S, and his family, hitting up the Bing Lounge in Portland and a multitude of radio studios. They went south and headed toward Texas, and in San Antonio they recorded for a PBS special called "The Science of Sound," which will air in a couple of weeks. The RV and gear trailer took up 10 parking spots and eventually it got ticketed, so they abandoned it at Boone's brother's house and replaced it with a 15-passenger van and a Subaru. For the tour's second leg, Boone traveled the East Coast as a solo act performing D A W N S songs, including at the CMJ Music Festival in New York. He met back up with the band in Chicago on election night and they travelled the Midwest, ending up in Iowa to record for the popular Daytrotter website where so many good indie bands go for live session recordings. "It was intense," Boone says of the whirlwind schedule.
His upcoming shows at Break Espresso in Missoula bring him back to his roots. He started there years ago as an acoustic solo musician playing to evening coffee drinkers. The shows celebrate the release of his new single "So Help Me God," which comes out on vinyl with a B-side called "Camouflage." This is on the heels of the recent D A W N S EP release, and it's a cool peek into the full-length album, which Boone just finished recording in London with Danton Supple (producer for Coldplay and The Doves).
Boone delivers moody Americana folk while D A W N S embraces a brighter pop sound that would fit more on a new U2 album. "So Help Me God" is not what you'd expect from either side of the coin. It's garage rock flavored with a driving bassline (a la Golden Earring) and bold guitar riffs. Boone likes to embody characters in his songs and here he's playfully defiant, asking questions but dismissing the easy answers religion provides: "All you sheep in the steeple fast asleep, you better listen up!" he belts out. And, in those thoughtful lyrics, this is still pure Boone.
David Boone plays an acoustic show at Break Espresso with John Sporman and opener Kira Means Fri., Nov. 16, at 7 PM. He plays with the full D A W N S lineup at Break Espresso Sat., Nov. 17, at 7:30 PM for the vinyl release party with openers Darah Fogerty and Ryan James. $7 each night or $10 for both nights. Advance tickets available at Break.