by The Alchemist
Darro Chea is not alone in using music as a therapeutic outlet for managing personal struggles. In “Wired Shut,” which released Friday, Darro reaches a place of contentment and acceptance on his personal journey through the diagnosis and surgical removal of a brain tumor.
Since Billboard premiered Darro’s 2019 release, “You’re Not Insane,” the story of this Asian-American musician & producer and his struggle with recovery; learning to speak, chew, and sing all over again, has resonated with listeners as much as his music. He currently garners over a thousand monthly listeners on Spotify alone.
“Wired Shut” is latest single from forthcoming album, Songs of Recovery, due out this fall. It is a more introspective, like Darro’s attempt at retaining his sense of self with “Undefined,” and less aggressive than “Paralyzed” which came from a place of feeling out of control.
The story is familiar to fans of Washington DC area musician, Emma G., who experienced her first of ten brain surgeries at just four months old. These stories are similar in that they catalog their uphill battle and share those experiences with their fans, and some fans can truly relate as many statistics show as many as seven hundred thousands persons the United States are presently living with a brain tumor. Music is often an empowering tool for helping people overcome this and other health issues.
Darro’s music is a reflection of the journey he’s endured. With poppy melodies and crafty guitars, he taps into a realm of progressive and pop rock, integrating anthemic elements from bands like Paramore and My Chemical Romance with emotionally-expressive guitar work inspired by John Mayer and wizards like Steve Vai.
For more about Darro and his journey, visit darrochea.com
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When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.