October 15, 2016 The Great Transparency hosted a “Reuniversery” show. After being an active band from 2006- 2013 and performing with artists like Twenty-One Pilots, having singles chart on Billboard, and releasing a music video, the band decided now was as good a time as any to jam. 2016 would mark 10 years since their beginning and after a year of planning the show was set. The idea that multiple generations of the same band would performing together and at times switching instruments was a new idea. The show hosted a series of openers before the main act and each added their own flare to the night’s music.
The Derek Radcliff Band started the night musically with an upbeat, mildly rockfish, unmistakably punk like sound and were extremely well received. Even to me the band itself seemed to be extremely tight. That is a trait that shows experience as an artist group and is really respectable. That coupled with the crowd interaction was enough to keep me hooked for their set. I am not usually a fan of that style of music, but the Derek Radcliff Band has made a new fan out of me.
Next up was Novaly. I immediately recognized some of the members from previous music projects and was interested in if that same sound would carry over. I was also informed that this would be their first performance as a band. When they played, that fact was not obvious. Generally newer bands have an issue meshing together in a live setting simply because they have not been in a live setting before. Novaly, whether it is because of their experience, or just practice seems to have skipped this stage. While not a flawless performance, it was engaging and entertaining which made up for any nitpicking I could ever do. The only thing I wish was that they had a CD so that I could sing along with them after the show was over. I look forward to seeing where they go.
Finally The Great Transparency took the stage in classic TGT fashion, and honestly, they just had fun with it. They tore through songs that they wrote in every stage of the career, with people from every generation. Both the original lead singer, and his successor graced the stage for the entirety of the set trading off on lead vocal parts. At times the band would stop to breathe with Jeremiah Wagner joking that the crowd was “Watching a bunch of 30 year olds really, really, really try. “ and to “Make sure the ambulance was called because we’re going to need some help after this one.” Despite the joking, the guys weren’t having nearly as much fun as the crowd was. It was great to see the band get back together, especially with break ups and hiatuses being plagued with bad blood between members. These guys simply got onto the stage and owned their time up there. While it is not clear whether or not another reunion show or even better a reunion tour is in the works, the Reuniversery show was certainly one for the books.