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Background information
OriginSan Diego, California
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock,Pop
Years active2015 (2015)–present
LabelsEpic, Sony BMG
  • Sarah McTaggart
  • Judah McCarthy
  • Michael Panek
  • Jon Garcia

Transviolet is an alternative pop rock band from the United States formed in 2015. It consists of lead vocalist Sarah McTaggart, with Judah McCarthy, Michael Panek, and Jon Garcia as musicians and writers. The band initially formed online before moving to the West Coast to collaborate in person. It gained initial recognition after a local publicity stunt, celebrity endorsements, and after being selected for a Google Play commercial. It has released three EPs and three singles, and has played a number of high-profile tours and festivals.


McTaggart originally met Panek on a musicians' networking website.[1] At the time, McTaggart lived in Grand Cayman and Panek lived in San Diego, although as McTaggart later recalled, she initially lied on the site and stated she too was from San Diego because that was where she wanted but could not afford to move to.[2][3] Panek in turn enlisted Garcia, whom he had known since they attended Churchville-Chili Senior High School together.[1] The group, originally named Noise Floor, collaborated at a distance at first before establishing itself in San Diego. After relocating to Los Angeles, McCarthy, another Churchville-Chili alumnus and friend of Panek's and Garcia's, joined the line-up and the name was changed to Transviolet.[1][4] According to the group, its chosen name was inspired by the poem When The Violets Roar At The Sun by Charles Bukowski and chosen to mean "transcendence into a new, violet awareness".[1]

Transviolet firstly began gaining widespread recognition with endorsements from Harry Styles and Katy Perry.[5] McTaggart and Perry had known one another as children and attended the same church.[6]

The band caused some controversy early in its career by sending out anonymous packages containing a cassette tape with "just press play" handwritten on each one. The packages were sent to members of the street team of Fueled by Ramen, a label distributed by Elektra Records. The cassettes contained a recording of the song Girls Your Age, which was released online in mid 2015. A Shazam code was also included. The eponymous EP containing Girls Your Age garnered more than 20 million streams for its top three songs.[7][8] The band toured with LANY in 2016.[7][9] The song New Bohemia from the Transviolet EP was chosen for use on a Google Play commercial,[2] and the band was named the "band of the week" by The Guardian in January 2016.[10] That April, New Bohemia entered Billboard's Alternative Songs chart where it peaked at #35. In 2017 the EP Kaleidoscopes was released.

Transviolet was signed by Epic Records in early 2015. It split ways with the label in late 2017. It was then picked up by Sony BMG, followed by the release of the EP Valley.[11][12]

The group performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden on July 12, 2016.[13] It also performed on the Today Show and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[7][14] It has played a number of festivals, including Reading, Governors Ball, South by Southwest, and Firefly.[15] In July 2018 the band headlined a hometown concert at The Echo (venue), Los Angeles. In September 2019 it self-released the single Sunshine, followed by Money Money in October and Born To Rule in November. Later in November, in advance of a date at the legendary Troubadour (West Hollywood, California), the band guested on Aliens by The Griswolds.


McTaggart performing with Transviolet at the Made In LA festival in 2018
  • Sarah McTaggart (vocalist)
  • Judah McCarthy (guitarist)
  • Michael Panek (multi-instrumentalist)
  • Jon Garcia (drummer/producer)[7]

Extended Plays[edit]

  • Transviolet (2015)
  • Kaleidoscopes (2017)
  • Valley (2018)
  • Born To Rule (2020)


  • LA Love (2016)
  • Future (2016)
  • Sunshine (2019)
  • Money Money (2019)
  • Born To Rule (2019)

Singles (as featured artist)[edit]


  • Born To Rule (2020)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Dunn, Francesca. "10 things you should know about transviolet". i-D (Vice. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Johns, Gibson (June 10, 2016). "Katy Perry and Harry Styles love the band Transviolet -- here's what you should know about them". AOL. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  3. ^ Copsey, Rob (February 18, 2016). "Meet Transviolet: The band leading a pop revolution". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. ^ Barna, Ben (October 28, 2015). "Band Crush: Transviolet Want To Take Over The World And Save It". Nylon. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  5. ^ Baker, Catherine (February 3, 2016). "Getting to know the vampy, electronic Transviolet". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  6. ^ Del Mar, Pollo (August 21, 2017). "'We Don't Believe It's Very Radical To Love Who You Love,' Says Transviolet's Sarah McTaggart". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "Transviolet". Ones to Watch. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  8. ^ "People Are Receiving Mysterious Cassette Tapes In The Mail". Digital Music News. September 17, 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Transviolet Interview: the Band to Tell Boys and Girls Your Age About". Teal Magazine. September 14, 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  10. ^ Paul, Lester (15 January 2016). "New band of the week: Transviolet (No 86)". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  11. ^ Almeida, Nicole; McHale, Maggie. "Feature: Transviolet's Journey Of Liberation and Resilience". Atwood Magazine. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  12. ^ Graff, Gary. "Transviolet Overcome the Odds With New Single 'Undo': Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  13. ^ Simonetta, Joe (July 26, 2017). "Transviolet - New Bohemia (7.12.2016)(The Late Late Show HD)". YouTube.
  14. ^ "Transviolet Perform UNDO Live on COLBERT". BroadwayWorld. October 23, 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  15. ^ Lothspeich, Dustin (June 28, 2018). "Transviolet's Transformation". KNSD. Retrieved 28 December 2018.

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