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GgLITCH'd to perform as the second generation of favorite IC band

BY JESSICA CARBINO | DECEMBER 17, 2010 7:30 AM

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When they aren't drinking a beer or eating a burger with each other, the band members of Gglitch'd perform music and carry on the legacy of the Gglitch.

The Gglitch was the name of the original band formed by Brian Cretzmeyer in the late-1990s. That band became a revolving door for the members, with most of the original members moving on to other endeavors. Then, Cretzmeyer died of cancer in 2009, and the band members decided it was time for a change in the name while still paying tribute to the group Cretzmeyer helped create.

Members felt they owed it to the band's songs, the people who loved their music, and to Cretzmeyer.

"If it were not for him, there would be no 'Gg,' and I surely would be a different person with a completely different life," said Ty Byerly, the band's lead vocalist and the last original member left.

Gglitch'd will perform at the Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., at 9 p.m. today. Admission is $6.

The Gglitch originally began as a group of guys in a basement with instruments who simply had nothing better to do. They had no dreams of becoming musicians, no plans, and "no talent," said Byerly; they just passed the time by jamming.

"I personally wanted to create [a band] on a fluke," he said. "Looking back, it was the best time of my life,"

Gglitch'd doesn't like to stick to a specific genre of music. The musicians like every genre, and they try to mix it up, especially for live entertainment, Byerly said. Yacht Club general manager Pete McCarthy agrees and says the band is one of the venue's favorites.

"They always bring a good solid crowd," he said. "Every show is a little bit different."

The band members are influenced by different things, so it's only natural that they reflect that in their sound. Anything and everything random gives them ideas, from something they see on TV to what they listen to on the radio to just watching cars drive by.

"If every song sounds like the first song, you better hope you really like the first song," Byerly said. "To me, I would be bored stiff."

When creating the band's songs, Byerly says, he first comes up with a melody by humming or singing words that don't have to make sense. After a few days, "madness sets in," and the chorus usually just comes to him. The mixed-up words are then rearranged to make sense.

Then, things are edited, parts are removed, synonyms or antonyms added, or even a phrase he reads somewhere in a novel or on a bathroom wall is put in. When he is done, he passes it to someone else in the band, and he repeats the process.

"If they don't change too much, it's done, or if they change too much, I get pissed off and take it away," Byerly said.

But no matter what the end result of the process is, he loves it when people sing along to a song he wrote.

"If they took the time to learn it and it brings them happiness in a sometimes [ugly] world, what more could I ask," he said.


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