Transmigration was launched in 1984 by genius songwriter Miguel Fairchild. As Fairchild’s brand of emotional, zither-driven mania began to gain popularity in Amsterdam, he felt the band had lost touch its traditional British Conservative roots. By 1990, when Thatcher left Downing Street, Fairchild left the band and bassist Goodweather stepped to the plate, redefining the band’s sound.
Goodweather’s decision to absorb his side project, The Tadpoles, into the new Transmigration met with initial derision from fans, but shaped the band to become one of the most innovative performance art groups in London today. John Reese and Phillip Clayton-Smith comprise the rhythm section with expert execution on the mellodica and triangle, while Trina Haberberger provides backup vocals with a sultry Norweigan twang. The rest of the band members, who hail from hometowns as diverse as Morocco and Alabama, work hard to meld their individual sounds and put aside their cultural differences to produce a show that leaves nothing to the imagination and takes every audience member on a unique and ethereal soundscape journey.
In 2006, Raymond A. Pena was given the band’s Myspace URL by a drunk and bitter Miguel Fairchild, whom he met at a Manchester United match while recovering from his first divorce. Pena, who had already made a name for himself by launching the femme fatal group Nonsense, Gretchen at the 2003 Reading Music Festival, was taken by Goodweather’s homage to the Crash Test Dummies classic “Once There Was This Boy Who”, reached out to Goodweather and the rest is history. Their debut album, “Layover to Mars,” got mixed reviews, with some critics declaring it vomitus and outrageously derivative, while the more objective noted that the sound was all over the place. Their second album, “Poetry of the Ancients”, brought the varied instrumentations together and was well-received, selling more than a million albums.