From left: David Boone, Tom Wood, and James Wasem Inlander photo
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
March 25, 1999
(Editor's note: The home-grown band, 'Faucet,' featuring local natives David Boone and James Wasem, will be performing in concert here Saturday (Mar. 27) at 8 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary Multi-Purpose Room. Admission is $3. The following story first appeared in the Pacific Northwest Inlander in Spokane, and was passed on to us by Kathy Davis, who noted the tribute Boone gives to the late Cliff Nelson for much of his inspiration.)
(reprinted from January 27, 1999 Pacific Northwest Inlander, Elana C. Hall)
Hailing from the small town of Seeley Lake, Mont., indie rock band Faucet has turned on in Spokane. David Boone, guitarist/vocalist, and James Wasem, percussionist, migrated west from their previous home in Missoula two weeks ago, hooking up with old friend and Spokane resident Tom Wood, Faucet's bass player. Packing dreams and a unified vision, they all took a giant leap of faith, deciding to pursue their music together full-time. Now, after one groundbreaking performance at the Mercury Cafe, they have already proven their ability to draw a crowd. The band will play Ichabod's this Thursday, then hop over to the Mercury Cafe for a show on Friday.
Faucet delivers a range of musical flavors, buoyed by an emotionally driven sound. The group veers between heavy distortion and mellow acoustic arrangements, working in occasional blues riffs, pop hook and other, more mainstream alt-rock conventions. "Every song is different," says Boone, "because they are all based on different emotions." He says some musicians tend to loose the ability to break out of their own routine and try new things.
Boone and Wasem grew up as childhood friends in Montana, where they shared many of the same good memories, and a few painful ones. At least one of those memories propels them creatively, even as it haunts them emotionally. Both young men became good friends with a teacher in Seeley Lake named Cliff Nelson. Although he was not a music teacher, he recognized the young musicians' potential, and started to work to help them produce an album. Nelson opened his home to the boys, giving them a place to practice their songs, and crash when needed. He even gave Boone a guitar, no strings attached.
"He would go to school in the morning and take an hour break about 5 PM, then go back to school until two in the morning," recalls Boone. "He opened the school and his heart to all of us that needed him."
Nelson stood behind the two musicians even when they were being criticized by elders in the community who preached the immorality of rock and roll. Then, tragically, right before Faucet's album was finished, Nelson was brutally murdered in his home. Now, two years later, the case remains unsolved.
Boone says much of Faucet's inspiration comes from the memory of Nelson, who gave them so much and never asked for anything in return. The band did, in fact complete its album, entitled Forgotten Water, which they ended up recording in a friend's basement, rather than the professional studio Nelson had encouraged them to use. Still, say the band members, it's a start. And even now, when things seem bleakest, says Wasem, they can take solace in the lessons passed on by their late friend: A lot of people have rough lives, Wasem says, "but it's what you do with it that makes you who you are."
Even though at a very basic level, the musicians enjoy playing music, they also now see their art in a different light - one with more of a mission. "When you make the choice to be a band, you take the responsibility of influencing people," says Wood, adding that he feels there is a lot of negativity in the music industry; with too much focus on sex, drugs and money. Faucet hopes to walk a more idealistic line: "I've found my spot," says Wasem, "where I'm able to touch people."