by The Alchemist
Nané is a band that contains 6 members from Austin, TX. They gained a lot of attention from their “Blue Velvet” music video that was actually featured on Brittany Howard’s picks for this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest. Daniel Sahad’s vocals lead the track, and he has helped this band grow exponentially in recent times.
They came together in Daniel’s back house (with the sight of a structurally unsound stripper pole that the band assumes will survive until the end of time) and led to the impeccable union of Ian Green (guitar), Scott McIntyre (bass), Brady Knippa (drums), and David Thacker (keys). They met at the University of Texas in 2016 where Daniel and Ian would drink and play cover songs for their friends. Called Nané as a term of endearment by his family in the Dominican Republic, Daniel determined the band’s name with a communal approach in mind – when you call him (and his band) Nané, you’re family too.
Dive a bit further into Daniel’s background and you’ll find an absolutely fascinating track record that includes everything from co-founding Rolie Music Group with Gregg Rolie from Journey (yes that journey) to currently managing The Texas Chain Massacre (yes, the film franchise), but Nané reigns supreme for the vocalist. Praised as a “rare unity of great musicians and a talented vocalist with a unique stage presence” by Culture Capital Magazine and receiving cosigns from the likes of Black Pumas, the outfit has made serious inroads that serves as the perfect hype for “Always On My Mind” and a debut album to follow suit in 2020.
Their newest track is called Clementine Tree, that actually came out today. It starts with a smooth guitar melody that catches your ear, but once Daniel’s vocals come in it blows you away from start to finish. The vocals on this track are incredibly unique, and are complemented by some amazing other instrumental pieces. We will let this track speak for itself, as you can watch the live video below.
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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.