After graduating from Temple University, the Massachusetts-based O’Reilly stayed in Philly to play for a few different bands including The Blue Method, where O’Reilly befriended Brian Williams. Once moving on from The Blue Method, O’Reilly was ready to start his own funk and blues band with Williams at his side. Their inspiration came from Booker T. and the MGs, a group that gave instrumental back up for soul artists like Wilson Pickett and Bill Withers.
O’Reilly added components like a vocalist, horns and the bass guitar, and worked with Williams to get their ‘vibe’ just right. O’Reilly says, “We were good friends and I wanted a band where I could choose all the music. The idea was take the Mini Qs vibe, work with Brian and play the music that we like.” Since then, they’ve been keeping audiences jumping out of their seats with their live performances. The Get Back features a family of band musicians, offering a unique playing experience every single time. This is yet another detail that makes The Get Back so captivating. O’Reilly says, “It makes the music interchangeable.” O’Reilly continues, “The musicians will play the same parts but they’ll make it their own with different combinations to keep the music fun. The creativity comes out any time; when we’re in the middle of a song and the guitarist performs a solo, or a vocalist gets really into the music. That’s where our creativity comes into play. There’s nothing uptight about this band.”
The Get Back’s excellent musicians combined with their spontaneity make for a perfect party cocktail. They can be found at Mole Street events like Young Professionals Night at the Barnes Foundation or Young Friends Ball on the Square in Rittenhouse Square, with music so fun that people are dancing in gowns and black-tie. O’Reilly says, “The Rittenhouse Gala is a very nice event, and we brought our funk and soul and people really enjoyed it. It’s for a good cause, so everyone is already in a good mood. It was another event where there were a lot of people dancing and having fun. When everything goes as expected, we get to just have a good time on stage dancing with each other.”
The Get Back takes their dance vibe everywhere they go, making sure to have a great time even during rehearsal. However, nothing compares to when they get on the stage for their next gig. O’Reilly says, “I do enjoy rehearsals, they’re a lot of fun. We all love music and we get to practice at The Boom Room, but ultimately it’s the gig. Rehearsals become a hang-out for us because of our love of music and appreciation for each other. The Gig is where all of the magic comes from, that’s what we really look forward to”.
Brian Williams and The Get Back has soulful vocalists, infectious instrumentation and great songs to perform, but their secret lies in their affection for performing and one another. O’Reilly says, “It’s just good music and one special thing is that we all like each other. Brian is one of the most talented vocalists I’ve ever heard, and I think he’s the only guy in the tri-state area who can do what he does. You can hear it right away, he can sing. He can really, really, really sing. He has a big voice and a really big personality. The way he takes command on stage and the way that he takes command of the audience. The band is fun, but it’s not Brian Williams and the Get Back without Brian Williams.”
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