To steal unapologetically from Steinbeck: Slim Bone Head Volt is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. It is the chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps of an actor’s brain and a musician’s hands. Its inhabitants are “whores, pimps, gamblers and sons of bitches,” by which he meant Vincent D’Onofrio. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, “Saints and angels and martyrs and holymen,” and he would have meant Dana Lyn. The duo was born when, during rehearsals for an off-Broadway play in which both D’Onofrio and Lyn were cast members, the actor invited his innermost thoughts into the unsuspecting minds of his contemporaries via that modern day messiah of connection: the text message. The transmissions were long, rambling, and raucous, and Lyn, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and composer, fell in love with them. So, how can we expect to comprehend all this madness? Perhaps to comprehend Slim Bone Head Volt, the product of two maniacal minds who shall not, under any circumstance, be moved, you must simply open your own mind and let the stories crawl in by themselves.
Vincent D’Onofrio first gained attention for his intense and compelling talent on the screen in 1987 with a haunting portrayal of an unstable Vietnam War recruit in Stanley Kubrick’s gritty Full Metal Jacket. Other film appearances include Mystic Pizza, Adventures in Babysitting, The Cell, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The Salton Sea, Imposter, The Player, Ed Wood, Strange Days, Men in Black, The Judge, Chained, and Jurassic World. Other credits include over 100 episodes of LAW & ORDER: Criminal Intent.
Dana Lyn inhabits a musical world somewhere inside the Venn diagram of 70s art rock, classical, folk and improvised music. As a composer, she has received commissions from the Brooklyn Rider, the Apple Hill String Quartet and the New Orchestra of Washington, and she has released five albums under her own name. Dana is also a highly esteemed fiddle player in the Irish tradition.
text by Vincent D'onofrio
music by Dana Lyn (except trk 12 by Vinnie Sperrazza)