May 13, 2011Posted by on
The music industry is a strange beast. Styles and sounds coming to popularity then fading away as fast as they appeared. Some bands trudging along for 15-20 years without making it big, while others become huge with their first album. Reality Check is somewhat an example of the latter. I remember in the spring of 1997 listening to the mainstream alternative radio station on Sunday afternoons. They had a two hour long program dedicated to “christian rock” where they would play the top christian alternative, punk, modern rock, and heavy music songs according to the Pure Rock Report. On one of these occasions I heard a catchy, poppy, funky song called “Masquerade” by a new band called Reality Check. Every week I heard the song and fell more and more for it. On my birthday that year, I purchased their debut, self-titled album. It did not disappoint. The whole album was filled with grungy guitars, sweet rhymes, and melodic hooks that could catch a school of fish. I played this cassette non-stop for almost a year until the unthinkable happened. As I was flipping through the latest copy of 7Ball Magazine, I read that the band had broken up. I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t believe what that small print was telling me. So I had my mom check the bands website when she went to work the next day, the horrible news was confirmed. To put it into perspective, this was a big deal. At the time Reality Check were touring on one of the highest selling albums in Star Song Records history. They had two hit radio singles, and were considered to be the next DC Talk. A few years later, their frontman Nathan Barlowe reappeared with a cool new brit-pop band called Luna Halo, which I thoroughly enjoyed. At times the urge to listen to Reality Check pops up and I indulge that urge, all the while wondering what could have been. Reality Check were gone as fast as they arrived.