Singer-storyteller David Keenan has just released his new single ‘What Then Cried Jo Soap’, today Thursday 19th August, a clarion call for his forthcoming second album – ‘WHAT THEN?’- due October 15th.
Of the track, David says: “This song details the desire for purpose and meaning in one’s own life. These are human struggles which I believe we can all relate to – we are all Jo Soap – heightened like never before as a result of the great trauma that has affected all our lives in countless ways since the pandemic began.“
It’s the latest chapter in the story of this young free-spirit from Dundalk in County Louth. Drawing equally on memories of his teenage adventures in Liverpool, in search of his musical hero, the quixotic Lee Mavers’ of The La’s, and an extended “lost weekend” which lasted five weeks in a pre-COVID Paris last year, David Keenan’s stories explore worlds both fantastical and factual. ‘WHAT THEN?’ was recorded in the Cooley Mountains near David’s hometown of Dundalk, and was produced by Jonathon Mooney of Portland, OR cinematic-indie band Other Lives. Guests on the album include David’s namesake and “soul brother”, the Scottish author David Keenan, Irish poet Stephen Murphy and US drummer Aaron Steele, best known for his work with Hayley Williams and Portugal. The Man.
Now back in Dublin after a lockdown sojourn in Catalonia, David is getting ready to travel to America to open for Rodrigo y Gabriela on their forthcoming US tour, before heading back to Europe for his own headline dates in October through to December.