Unfortunately, this was a bit too much, a bit too soon for these Reston, VA (a suburb of Washington D.C.) kids, whose musical and artistic tastes were drastically changing and evolving, as they do when you’re that age. University, various artistic activities and basically life itself kept happening, and Transilience was abandoned for pastures new. Main man Spooky, the vocalist/guitarist, turned into Spookey Ruben the weirdo pop artist you are certainly familiar with, and throughout his solo career more than a few hints of his metal past are entirely apparent. Do check out ‘Mechanical Royalty’, for instance – a seven-chapter, sixteen minute prog metal epic opus, for good measure!
After a failed attempt to get the original band back together about a decade ago – “we were all living in different cities, it just didn’t make sense,” Spookey explains –, the frontman was involved in the 30 year anniversary show of the ‘Jam 4 Man’ benefit concert series in 2019, where a new band was formed for the occasion, with, crucially, Jerry Barrett (an old school mate) on bass and another drummer. Right there, the connection between the pair was evident, but it was only another year later, when Jerry moved to L.A. – where Spookey has been based for a long time – and the two started jamming almost immediately. After finding Omar Ruiz, in Spookey’s words “the perfect drummer for us,” the puzzle was complete, and this line-up has now become the new Transilience.
The next step? New music, of course. Shortly after their announcement about having signed to Alone Records, their comeback record, a four-track EP called 'Nervesaw', was revealed, with the release date set to September 29th. A single called ‘Seven Samurai’ has so far surfaced from this new and exciting incarnation of the legendary cult band, accompanied by a tremendous video, and the rest of the EP is set to follow suit on this energetic, vibrant, forward-thinking kind of thrash they exhibit on this amazing song.
The story has only just begun (again) – sit tight for more exciting developments soon.