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By Evan Minsker

May 4, 2009

It’s been eight years since the members of Sig Transit Gloria have played a show together. They split in 2001 after two successful years in Chicago’s music scene, and now they are reuniting to play show again. They played shows at Metro and at the now, defunct The Fireside Bowl, where they had numerous record release shows.Their melodies are charming, even years later. The crunchy guitar blends well with the rhythmic piano that collaborates kindly with the bass to act as the back-bone to Sig Transit Gloria’s success. The band said they draw their musical influences from all across the board.The group is playing their first show on March 29 at The Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave. Bassist Jason Waclawik recommends dressing like it’s 2001 in spirit of the show, which may include “baggy pants and a one striped Old Navy sweater.”The Chronicle had a chance to sit down with Waclawik and talk about the group’s reunion show and what the future may hold for Sig Transit Gloria.The Chronicle: How did the band get started?Waclawik: We all went to high school together, then we ended up playing together and it worked out pretty good.How did you pick up Sig Transit Gloria for a band name?It was a reference from the movie Rushmore, which we were really into at the time. Now, I could do without seeing it ever again. It was a little overkill. We found out quickly that we spelled it wrong, but we kind of liked it. It kind of had the fraternity sound to it, with the “G” instead of the “C,” so we just stuck with it.Why did you break up?We were young, and I think we weren’t sure what we wanted to do with ourselves. We kind of figured with [the drummer] being back from California we should play again, then we got through talking and figured let’s give it another try. It’s been a lot of fun, and the biggest thing is, at this point, if this wasn’t fun we wouldn’t be doing it.What inspired the band to play again?We were all in town, and we hung out one night and tried it out. It was a lot of fun rehashing the old songs and stories. We didn’t know what to expect, like if we were to play shows with anyone, and would people be interested? It’s kind of funny seeing all the excitement from old friends and people we don’t know.What influences the band musically?We are all over the place. At the time, we were listening to popular bands around the city like Alkaline Trio and Lawrence Arms. [The guitarist] was really into classic rockers like Tom Petty. We’re pretty open minded; we also like Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and all that stuff.Do you plan on playing more shows?I think we do but I think we just want to take it one show at a time. I know it’s been eight years and we all have songs and ideas that are different. It’s always fun playing shows. we don’t take ourselves too seriously so we’ll see what happens after this show.”Catch Sig Transit Gloria at The Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave. March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit

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