Nemes (pronounced knee•miss) has made their mark on the Boston and larger New England music scene by playing everywhere from subway stations to highly-revered rock venues. Led by duel-frontmen Dave Anthony and Josh Knowles, the band showcases a true metamorphosis of sound, featuring warm, layered harmonies and one-of-a-kind violin shredding Vanyaland describes as “fiddle-action glory.” These components are delicately layered across captivating original songs to form what Under the Gun Review calls “some of the most engaging music we’ve heard,” garnering shout-outs from national and international acts such as Alt-J and Nirvana.
Released in the fall of 2015, their debut studio full-length album, “I Carry Your Heart,” has lifted the band from the subway stations of Boston to larger stages around the region, performing as support for acts such as X Ambassadors and Guster. The album was co-produced and mixed by Rick Kwan (Jim James, My Morning Jacket) and funded by a combination of busking, gigging, and crowd-funding. The 11-track record is an exploration of four minds working to create a resonant, cathartic listening experience.
After being good friends in middle school, Evan Wagner and Austin Tracy went their separate ways in high school. In what seems to have been an act of fate, they ran into each other at a Tame Impala show in Louisville six years later. They began writing and eventually recruited Kyle Stone from Austin’s other band Wendy’s Yellow Poncho. Given the opportunity to work with Shiraz Dada of Maps and Atlases, they headed to Chicago in March of 2014 to record their debut, the culmination of a year of writing.