Recorded at Arlington’s Inner Ear Studios, whence emerges a lot of post-harDCore, Astronomy Made Easy, the new CD from Warrenton, Va.-based instrumental quartet Boud Deun, displays a fuller, more aggressive sound than the group’s self-released debut, Fiction and Several Days. “I grew up listening to punk rock,” says guitarist Shawn Persinger. “I always wanted to record at Inner Ear.”
In addition to hardcore elements, Persinger, bassist Matt Eiland, violinist Greg Hiser, and drummer Rocky Cancelose incorporate aspects of jazz, country, bluegrass, and classical music into the mix. There are obvious nods to the dark angularity of King Crimson and the fusion-drenched country strains of the Dixie Dregs.
Clearly a product of a broad range of influences, Persinger has listened to Leo Kottke, Angus Young, and John McLaughlin. A jazz studies major at Shenandoah University Music Conservatory, Eiland favors Elvis, the Pointer Sisters, and Naked City. Hiser has played with the Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra and the D.C.-area bluegrass band New Mountain. Cancelose cites the importance of Buddy Rich.
Persinger claims Boud Deun, whose made-up name he construes to mean “definitely positive,” has been received enthusiastically by both fusioneers and coffee-house denizens. “I think we have such diverse appeal because we cover a lot of ground musically without falling into the trap of ‘Oh, here’s their rock song, here’s their Latin song, here’s their jazz song, here’s their punk song,’” he says. “The music has a continuity and style of its own, while it mixes all those different genres together.”Jim Dorsch
Boud Deun will celebrate the release of Astronomy Made Easy at Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, on Saturday, Feb. 1. $3. (703) 522-8340. The disc is available for $13 plus $3.50 P&H from Wayside Music, P.O. Box 8427, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8427.