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Zanois / Bio

Zane and Justice McDaniel fell asleep every night as they were growing up to a cassette compilation of 8-bit soundtracks, The Flaming Lip's "The Soft Bulletin", Brian Eno's ambient records, a Brian Regan comedy album, or Weezer's "Pinkerton", nearly all of which were courtesy of their father Gavin, who prior to parenting played with the groups Primitive Romance and Seka, as well as some of his own projects.

Both brothers beginning playing music at a very young age, playing hand-me-down synthesizers and guitars. Eventually, the two received their own instruments. They continued to write and record many of their own records, through Tascam Portastudios and the free audio software Audacity. When a call came from local group and influence Lemon Demon asking for an opener, Zane said yes without hesitation, even despite the total lack of a band and the fast approaching deadline (the show was in roughly a week and a half). He quickly asked his brother and dad to join him for the show, and they agreed, this being the first time Gavin had played drums in twenty years. The material came together quickly, and the trio played sporadically for several months until Justice had to spend his time at Brandeis University to study Biochemistry, where he would eventually graduate with a triple major. Zane searched for several substitutes, but found none suitable, though in the process recruited bassist Kyle O'Dowd, and the line-up eventually convinced Justice to rejoin and play whenever he was available. This line-up played for several years, opening for widely renowned acts such as Math the Band, Streight Angular, and more.

This incarnation of the band recorded three full-length records, a live album, and a Christmas EP. They continued to expand in other ways, both artistically and literally, even playing a show as an 11-piece orchestral brass band. Bassist Kyle soon left to attend Hofstra University, the day after recording "Wyrd Wyrm", at which point Zane promptly took up the bass duties, often playing it with his left band and keyboard with his right.

The trio began playing more shows than ever before, once opening for The Antlers, recruiting several friends to help perform "Jesus Christ Superstar" in its entirety, and even performing a Ramones tribute set with friends Tristan Omand and Midisty. They are currently playing frequent shows throughout New England and looking to tour even more, while writing their newest batch of songs.

General Info

Band Members
Zane McDaniel - Vox/Keys/Bass; Justice McAwesome - Guitar; Gavin McDad - Drums.
Artist Name
Zanois
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/zanois
Active Since
04/08
Genres
Alternative / Noise Pop / Weird Pop

Contact Info

Location
Manchester, NH
Manager
Peter Sullivan, Claddagh Artist Management

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