I needed to step away from everything, to take a moment to breathe, because what I had just seen had me on the verge of tears…
It’s not often that you discover a band as soon as they form and have the opportunity to watch them every step of the way. You become invested emotionally in the things they do, you take the journey with them. Through their music and social media you watch as they either grow together and become one well oiled machine, or you watch them fragment. In this instance, the band in question exceeded even my high expectations of what they could accomplish.
About two years ago I was introduced to a new start up, Reign of Z. Five individuals with previous bands I didn’t really know. I saw their first performance and many after. Each show brought a new element to their performance. It wasn’t the theatrical experience, that’s been a constant for Reign of Z. Instead, I watched the members let go of their inhibitions and embrace their budding personalities. The quiet guitarists who once looked almost nervous that turned into thrashing virtuosos, the serious bass player who now stalks the stage with a grin, the vocalist who has finally embraced her talent and beauty in all its forms.
This…. This is what I was waiting for. This was what I knew they could become.
Reign of Z stepped outside the mold of “local”, “Pittsburgh based” or whatever else people call it. This is no longer a performance that can be contained to smaller stages. The music itself has evolved from an idea of how it should be to a smooth soulful vocal style intertwined with raging music to produce what I can only say is an insightful look to the minds and souls involved in creating it.
I have said that “Mirrors and Memoirs” is the step up to national level for Reign of Z and I stand behind that statement. After witnessing them on stage this weekend, I had to take a moment to collect myself. I was left speechless but in my heart I felt that they had succeeded in their mission to break out of the area and tour. Reign of Z is ready for national stages. At a sold out performance celebrating their release, I know it’s time.
I look forward to the day I can proudly say, “I knew them when….”
Jana Lee Macheca (aka Lady Jaye) is the owner and editor of First Angel Media as well as professional photographer and writer. Having worked in national and local levels of music media her goal is to provide professional coverage for bands of all levels.