[Zapruder Point // “The Sprint”]
As a teenage R.E.M. obsessive, Dan played with his twin brother Scott and childhood friend Greg Eyman in Rotary Ten. In the mid-90’s they moved to Raleigh and became The Boy Wonder Jinx. In 1998, cheating on his primary band with a four-track machine led to Zapruder Point’s hushed debut The Limitations of the Source Tape, followed by a move to Chicago and the sprawling watermark of Low Resolution in 2001 (described by Sound Opinions’ Jim DeRogatis as “much too good to remain overlooked and under-heralded”). In the early noughties, after playing bass for short-lived Feelies cover band The Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness, Dan snagged husband and wife Tom Millard (drums and vocals) and Casey Riordan-Millard (violin) for sporadic midwest touring and a pair of well-received recordings (Spirit of 91 and It’s Always the Quiet Ones.)
After the trio’s dissolution and during a brief bout of unemployment in 2008, Dan recorded his first Garageband solo album, Soda & Sympathy. He then formed an electric version of Zapruder Point with Steve Frisbie (guitar and vocals), John Aselin (bass) and Larry Brown (drums). A successful crowd funding campaign led to 2012’s Zapruder Point Record Club, wherein subscribers were mailed a 7” of new songs every three months (since collected in 2013’s Clicks and Whistles). Going back to acoustic guitar in 2015, Dan now enjoys playing solo, joined occasionally by (reunited-and-it-feels-so-good) Tom Millard on drums. He’s also working on songs for a play written by former college roommate John Henry Roberts, as well as finalizing and mixing tracks for his first not-home-recorded album since taking on the Zapruder Point moniker.
Though technically on Facebook and kind of on Twitter, he encourages you to join his email list, as he gets a bang out of writing goofy monthly newsletters. To find out if you like his music, cruise around his Bandcamp page. For the odds-n-sods side of his output (instrumentals, incidentals, covers, demos and live stuff), check out his Soundcloud page. And of course you can really get a load of this guy on YouTube.