Jeremy Matt Vela - acoustic & electric guitar
Roy Buquor Hernandez - drums
Santiago Jimmy Rodriguez - bass
Nathan Alvarado - vocals
REMANON is a San Antonio based four piece band that is conjuring a style of Progressive Rock that hearken back to the early days of Rush, Yes and early Genesis sheathed in the contemporary influences of The Mars Volta, Circa Survive, and Opeth. The breadth of their recently released "Episodes" EP is wide and the detail meticulous.
Full REMANON Bio (updated Jan 2016):
Remanon is a four piece prog-rock space fusion band based in San Antonio, TX. The two most veteran members of the group, Roy Buquor Hernandez (drums)
and Jeremy Matt Vela (guitars) began jamming together in 2004 after being introduced by a mutual friend. They started an instrumental group
called Accord of Dissonance, which bassist Jimmy Rodriguez joined in 2008. After a few years playing around town they changed the band name
to Remanon, still being mostly instrumental. In late 2013, vocalist Nathan Alvarado was seeking a new project, and heard that Remanon was looking for a lead singer. The chemistry was apparent during the first couple of practice sessions, and almost immediately Alvarado became the official lead vocalist of the new Remanon. The new lineup played their first public live performance on Dec. 6, 2013 at 502 in San Antonio.
Since then, Remanon has gigged steadily in S.A. and surrounding areas in Texas. They released the EP "Episodes" on May 5, 2015, and successfully completed their first out-of-state tour in Oct. 2015, which took them north to Kansas City, MO.
All the musicians in Remanon are native Texans, and have been around different music styles since childhood. Drummer and founding member,
Roy, got turned on to the complex compositions of Jazz through his grandfather when he would ride around San Antonio with him. Hearing all
the different leads and voices inspired him pick up various instruments always trying to replicate those heavenly sounds.
Remanon's other founding member, electric & acoustic guitarist Matt Vela got into music quite simply yet powerfully because of one great metal
band...Metallica. Growing up in the relatively small town of Victoria, TX, he picked up the guitar as a young teenager and never looked back.
Remanon's bassist, Jimmy, also hails from a small town in Texas...Brownsville, down on the U.S./Mexico border. He fell in love with the kind of rock that is loud and fast... jamming in garage punk bands through his high school years. Jimmy eventually moved to San Antonio and started to experience an actual music scene. He was
Remanon's newest member, vocalist Nathan, has music in the blood. He can't remember a time when he wasn't singing in the car with his
family...singing in his bedroom, singing in the shower, singing in class...you get the idea. Vocals being his calling, he didn't really get
into heavy rock music until his late teens. Instead he was a self-proclaimed choir nerd singing classical and old jazz standards.
Once he graduated to the local karaoke circuit, he was picked up by a local cover band and the passion grew from there.
One important fact in Remanon's short history is that they were all brought together initially through a local music community called Local 782.
Though in different projects at the time, the guys all met at the meetings held by this loose collective of networking musicians, artists,
promoters, etc. that developed in San Antonio to benefit the music scene. It was here that Nathan became a fan of Accord of Dissonance, and even sang some improv at one of their shows at The Mix. Perhaps it was a sign of things to come, even though it wouldn't happen as Remanon for a few more
In 2013/2014, once the foursome started creating new tracks with vocals, Remanon's new musical identity was born. People listening to Remanon for the first time often pick up on their musical influences...The Mars Volta, Yes, King Crimson, Incubus, Rush, etc.
For their latest release, "Episodes" the group was fortunate enough to enlist Hugo Award winning artist and fellow San Antonian, John Picacio to provide the
cover art. Fittingly, Picacio also provided their favorite description of their sound: "Remanon sounds like the alien lovechild of Rush and Miles Davis, with Santana and Frank Zappa as godparents. It's a heady brew."
This year, 2016 Remanon is back in the studio and writing new music for their live set. They plan to release another music video for the upcoming single "Guardian", and then they hope to get back out on the road.
In addition to their EP release, and the Episodes Tour, a few other highlights for Remanon in the past year were:
- Appearing on 99.5 KISS-FM, Billy Madison Show
- Playing Austin's inaugural Voyagerfest
- Performing live on KRTU 91.7 FM, Indie Overnight with Jeannette Muniz
- Being Voted the #1 "Hard Rock/Metal" act in the San Antonio Current Music Awards 2015.
- Playing the Aztec Theatre, opening for local Prog legends Heyoka
- Being Featured on Robb's Metalworks, SA's longest running Metal institution
- Performing live on KSYM 90.1 FM, Live on KSYM with Liese Love
"Remanon sounds like the alien lovechild of Rush and Miles Davis, with Santana and Frank Zappa as godparents. It's a heady brew." - artist, John Picacio
"Remanon is an exceptional progressive band, that combine intelligent lyrics with complex music styling. They have an excellent sounding frontman and a wonderfully free floating style that combines elements of jazz, rock, and metal. It is something that is refreshing and definitely worthwhile hearing." - Yeenews Records
"Calamitous Cacophony" is anything but a discordant collection of sounds, but instead a thought-out, provoking slice of modern prog by San Antonio's Remanon."
- SA Current
"the group forges a tight, hyper-jazz sound which is reminiscent of bands like Rush, King Crimson, Dream Theater, and classic Genesis but with some strong original elements that make it distinct to this band." - Modern Rock Review
"Diese präsentieren sich durchaus abwechslungsreich und solide eingespielt. Auch Sänger Nathan Alvarado hinterlässt einen guten Eindruck. In den Kompositionen stehen treibende Grooves und Gitarrenriffs eindeutig im Vordergrund. Allein das ruhigere ‚Justice Paige‘ weicht von dieser Formel ab." - Betreutes Proggen