A home-recording advocate who learned the value of working with like-minded musicians, David Nance became a cult hero for his fractured but passionate recordings that merged psychedelia, blues, hard rock, and inspired noise into a volatile but satisfying brew all his own. A long-time figure on the Omaha, Nebraska music scene, Nance recorded and self-released a number of homemade albums in which he played all the instruments himself. But it was when he began achieving similar results with a band that he began reaching a wider audience with albums like More Than Enough (2016) and Negative Boogie (2017).
Nance was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska, a town roughly 150 miles from Omaha. Grand Island didn't have much of a music scene, and as Nance developed a strong interest in playing guitar and writing songs, he moved to Omaha in search of a more nurturing environment. Nance became part of the local music community, playing guitar with the likes of the Prairies, Noah Sterba & the Cocktails, Simon Joyner & the Ghosts, and Brimstone Howl.
After years of working alongside others, Nance put together a low-budget home-recording studio and began releasing lo-fi albums of his compositions, either on cassette or through digital distribution platforms, often playing all the instruments himself. Some were devoted to original material, while others found him putting his own distinctive spin on classic albums such as Lou Reed's Berlin, Beatles for Sale, and Doug Sahm and Band. In 2013, Nance gained some local attention for his album Actor's Diary, and he and his wife briefly moved to Los Angeles, where Nance began work on his next project. He was unhappy with the results, and ended up scrapping his sessions three times before returning to Omaha and starting over.
The results, cut fast and loose with a handful of his favorite Omaha musicians, was called More Than Enough. The album caught the attention of the Brooklyn-based indie label Ba Da Bing Records, which gave More Than Enough a nationwide release in 2016. Thanks to positive reviews and a fiery appearance on New Jersey's celebrated free-form radio station WFMU-FM, More Than Enough finally earned Nance an interested audience outside Nebraska. For his second release on Ba Da Bing, Nance took a break from home recording and instead booked time at Omaha's Another Recording Company studios, where he and his studio band knocked out 15 songs in just three days. The tracks formed the album Negative Boogie, released in July 2017. Nance next struck up a partnership with the well-respected indie pop and rock label Trouble in Mind, which released 2018's Peaced and Slightly Pulverized, a moody exercise in guitar-based rock. ~ Mark Deming