Ane Diaz played bass and sang in the culty band The Causey Way from 1997-2001. She was known as 'The Truth’ in The Causey Way which was signed to Jello Biafra’s label Alternative Tentacles.
It was rumored to be a cult and I received a few calls from friends concerned about her involvement in the band much to my amusement. In 2001 she went on to found her own band Producto made up of original songs sung in both english and spanish. In addition to the bass, she plays Venezuelan cuatro.
Actor, Musician, Producer
NPR -Songs We Love: Ane Díaz, 'Allá Viene Un Corazón'
Marisa Arbona-RuizMarch 22, 201810:58 AM ET
As the humanitarian and political crisis continued to mount in her native Venezuela, Ane Diaz turned to the folk songs that shaped her early life and put her own spin on them, as a way to protect what she considers national treasures.
In the first release from that work, "Allá Viene Un Corazón" Díaz radically abandons the popular, fast-paced 6/8 rhythm of the Venezuelan danza — a folk song played with small, guitar-like instruments and folkloric percussion, transforming it into a slow burn, an awakening heart with a soulful, jazzy pivot and twangy guitars.
"Allá Viene Un Corazón" translates to "There Comes a Heart." The single is from her upcoming album, simply and aptly titled Venezuela, which collects her reinterpretations of the folkloric songs she holds dear. "These songs have inspired and guided me all my life," she says in a press release. "It has been a dream to be able to share them — most importantly now, when dictatorship and hunger [are] trying to steal the soul of the people of Venezuela."
Díaz's graceful angst and yearning inhabit the song, as her voice brings out a richness and emotional depth hidden within its more traditional versions, a finesse matched by the striking touch of trumpet. A few wistful notes set the tone, followed by sparse guitar tremolo, vocals and cello in the first stanza that ends with a desire to restore a poor, ailing heart.
Corazón bello, que tengo el pecho maluco, allá viene un corazón
[Beautiful heart, I have an ailing chest, here comes a heart]
Then comes one of my favorite moments, the cry of a sustained trumpet note that invokes Miles Davis and ushers in the rest of the song's fuller sound. Producer Rain Phoenix (sister of actor Joaquin Phoenix) describes that long held out trumpet as a way to speak to "the rush of excitement in the heart, coming back to the heart, awakening the heart." We're listening.
The upcoming album Venezuela will be released in mid April.
SJIMON GOMPERS | APRIL 6, 2018
Ane Diaz dropped the new single “Allá Viene Un Corazón” that deals in a vérité of brass inflected melodies & arrangements. The sincere & impassioned approach draws extensively from the Diaz’s Venezeluan heritage with a crooning delivery & arrangement reminiscent of stateside clandestine lounges from the 1950s. Known for work in Causey (Alternative Tentacles), Ane’s song moves with musical brush-strokes that paint the passage ways to the heart of human affection.
Post Punk Monk (on our Tour with Jonathan Richman & Tommy Larkins, February 2018)
Gainesville Sun -The Art of the Second Round
We’re going to veer off course today, because I’ve been doing some thinking (I know, I know) and I want to explore these thoughts recently thunk.
I’ve been thinking about how Gville offers a somewhat unique opportunity to examine what happens to musicians in bands that rise through the ranks and then break up. I thinks to myself, “Hey, there are quite a few bands that get big in town, take their act out on the road, dissipate and then come back to town to try again.”
And since we’re a small(ish) town, we get to see the drama unfold time and time again.
Lo and behold, a show comes along just chock full of musicians in Round 2; Producto and papercranes play Wednesday at Common Grounds, 210 SW 2nd Ave. Rain Phoenix from papercranes and Ane Diaz from Producto were members of the seminal Gville band the Causey Way, who, after signing to Alternative Tentacles, blowing up at SXSW and touring all over the place, freaked out a bit and broke up.
GAINESVILLE SUN - Scene Magazine - Sound Check
"PRODUCTO DELIVERS THE GOODS" by Douglas Jordan
Whenever a new band emerges, there's a tendency to conjure up reference points- usually bands people are familiar with- to describe it. Perhaps nobody is more guilty of this than those of us who write about music in the press. Trouble is, every once in a while, one comes along with a sound so unique that such shorthand comparisons are difficult. Producto, a foursome playing the Common Grounds Saturday night, is one such band.But, if I were forced to attempt to reference this group, I'd say it's a little like Siouxie and Banshees meets the Sugar Cubes, but with a blues-rock foundation, Of course. There's much more to Producto than that. Fronting the group is a face that should be familiar to those who followed the local music scene over the years. Ane Diaz, You might remember Diaz as part of The Causey Way or further back, Sumac and Ndolphin. Her mysterious beauty, captivating stage presence and haunting voice have charmed audiences for years. Diaz sings and plays bass for Producto... Diaz stresses that even though many of the ideas originate with her, the group's music a joint effort. "Music is always a collaboration" says the Venezuelan-born Diaz. ... We always make the final call together. I do have a specific sound I go for, but all of us go there very naturally"...
FLAGPOLE - Club Notes -August 31, 2005 by Ben Gerrard
Relief comes in a potent dose at the hands of local band Producto playing at the Caledonia Lounge. I ask someone at the bar what she knows about the band and she says, "A friend told me that sometimes they sound like Blue Öyster Cult and sometimes they don't sound like Blue Öyster Cult, at all, but they rock!" So far her friend has been right on all counts. The powerfully languid vocals of Ané Diaz are at the forefront of this band, but at its core is the aggressively industrial and darkly stirring guitar work of Frank MacDonell, who achieves some of his isolating soundscapes by playing his guitar with a bow through a range of effects pedals. Diaz is now interspersing fiercely angular Athens rock with a laid-back Venezuelan folk song that sways to a gently waltzing rhythm.
When the dark indie rock returns, I also become very aware of the heavily pulsating basslines of Andy Baker, as Producto's next song rocks out with a post-new-wave-punk groove. As Diaz & Co. continue their stylistic twists and turns, they take on a country-meets-Debbie Harry vocal feel before cruising into a comfortable Laura Morgan cover. With its diverse range of styles and extreme musicianship, Producto is all the non-conforming confrontation and melodic power that I could have hoped for.
Photo by Sloan Simpson
CDbaby by Alan Flurry
In the call for something greater, a sweet, harsh, inexplicable sound drifts out over the Atlantic toward the hungry hearts whose number are legion. The land of commodity gives us, of course, Producto, the Athens, Georgia-based band.
Now comes Producto 3.
The third album, the bass, drums, the guitar all in one package, seamlessly twisted around and through sweaty, streaming lines of handsome heartbreak, a"... follow my tears to the river you drink..." The vocals approach on a vast stairway rung with power chords instead of handrails - ferociously tearing at the last vestiges of Pop. This femme fatale with the silky contempt trades on her fever like it's the only gift she has to give you. The ten new songs could only be the newest evidence for that creep who will not die, that Deusex Machina of creation cannibalizing commerce with the newest Producto.
LaunchLeft : Curator Michael Stipe
Launched Artist : Ane Diaz