DaBoondox unleashes storm on second album
If you go
What: DaBoondox record-release party, with opening acts Danny Hedrix, Kraze Tha Lost Son, St. Luke and Da Knockaround Boys
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Paradise Bar, 2261 N. Park Ave., Warren
Details: Tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the door. This is a 21-and-over show.
By GUY D’ASTOLFO
DaBoondox keeps coming up with new material faster than they can record it.
The Youngstown-based hip-hop duo of Troy Napier and Jeff Killin released its second CD, “Da Perfect Storm,” last week. But they’re already working two projects ahead.
“Storm” is a collection of 15 songs that DaBoondox has been performing live for about a year. It was supposed to drop last fall, but finances and other issues — like Killin’s home being ruined by a fire — delayed it.
Though the music on “Storm” is familiar to fans, the next CD will be fresh. Tentatively titled “Unorthodox,” it’s slated for a summer release. And after that, the duo already is planning a two-disc follow-up.
But first things first. “Storm,” which was recorded in Killin’s home studio, will satisfy pent-up demand, said Killin. About 100 copies were moved in the first few days. “People who had our first album were waiting for this one,” said Killin.
The CD contains Boondox favorites, including party anthem “The Club Is On Fire”; “Single Again,” which samples the bass line in the old Brenda Lee song “Fever”; and the cha-cha flavored “Take It to the Floor.”
“We’ll go far and wide for musical inspiration to get people to relate,” said Napier.
Another highlight is “Splash,” which builds in intensity before being cooled off with female vocalist Ebony answering in verse.
“Until the Sun Comes Up” closes the album, offering bittersweet optimism in trying times.
DaBoondox will play the album in its entirety — and in the same order as it was recorded — in a release party Saturday at Paradise Bar in Warren. “It flows best the way it is,” said Napier.
As always, expect theatrics. The duo plans to begin the show with a newscast, breathlessly delivering breaking news about a storm that’s coming.
More shows are planned across the state, including a May 28 gig in Columbus. “We’re building a name for ourselves in a grass-roots way, selling [merchandise] out of a car trunk,” said Napier. “We can rep this area and even get some of the stigma off hip-hop. We’re passionate about that.”
Both Napier and Killin are fathers and want their music to connect with all ages, including the young.
“We don’t want a target audience,” said Napier, who has a second baby due in June. “We want a wide audience. We want kids to have a hip-hip group that they can go to see.” The group is working on a show at a local skating rink, he said.
To purchase “Da Perfect Storm,” go to DaBoondox’s Facebook page.