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Bohemia Isn't Dead


>> With three band members from Rochester and a lead singer from LA, the high voltage electro-pop band Transviolet had much to offer on their first major performance in Rochester. I had the opportunity to soak up their live performance prior to our interview and I can say without qualm that they deserved every note of praise. Sarah McTaggart crystalline vocals seize the attention while the light show that accompanies their band escapes this writer’s ability to describe. After their head spinning performance at the Bug Jar I spoke with the band to learn more about their experience, their style, and what they have to say. I will preface this article with the admission that this writer is more of a student of philosophy than music. So

Transviolet is not about simply entertaining a crowd, although that is empirically true. This four-piece band comes with a message. I first asked them about the feeling of being on stage and the band members, in unison, described it as an out of body experience. Sarah went into detail about how the person you are in a performance is different than the person off stage. But after a while your everyday self-begins to be shaped by that on stage persona. To put it in other words, the artist might create the music, but eventually, the music returns the favor.

There is a certain confidence in Transviolet’s sound that harmonizes well with the message that they weave into their lyrics. That of personal acceptance and celebration of difference. This confidence, I would argue, reflects a growing feeling of empowerment in the younger generation, especially among women and the LGBT community. One of the group’s flagship songs “Girls your age” gives voice to young women coming of age in a world still framed by masculinity. This theme is stated even more directly in their comfortably affirmative song “New Bohemia”. By painting a vivid image of those who choose to live free and in the moment, Transviolet takes up the higher calling that every artist should strive for. To not simply please the audience but to inspire them to live more. As long as Transviolet continues to speak their truth, Bohemia isn't dead.

The remainder of our conversations Sarah went into detail about how every artist owes it to both themselves and their fans to be authentic. Seeing authenticity as the missing piece in some pop groups, Sarah lets in on why authenticity is worth holding on to. Authenticity to her is the means by which an artist can assume the power to speak the truth and bridge the divide of experience and bring people together. We live at a time where it is easier than ever to stay isolated and ignorant of the experience of others. The members of Transviolet are no strangers to current events. Artists must serve as a force to bring people together because it is one of the few things that really can.

To describe the Transviolet phenomena, the word electric could not be more relevant Whether it is to describe the energy of their performance or the means by which they strive to pull people together with their message. Check them out on Spotify and/or Souncloud or catch one of their live shows to see what words you would use. <<

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