For me, the word "transit" usually calls to mind crowded CTA buses and El cars, long rides on cross-country trains, and cramped airplane seats triggering nausea-related discomfort. Boston-based Transit is working hard to defeat these preconceptions by flavoring their own brand of post-hardcore/pop-punk excellence under the cursed nomenclature.
When I first spun Transit's relatively new EP, Stay Home, I thought Grade was resurrecting under a new pseudonym. Something about the tone of lead singer Joe Boynton's layered vocals is undeniably reminiscent of Grade's Kyle Bishop. The pace and feel are on par with Senses Fail at their best. Liken Transit to who you will, but the five-piece is certainly an animal all its own.
Stay Home is well-produced, confident and straight-forward while staying catchy and on-track. Flirting with a genre like pop-punk can be dangerous; the style itself has some serious identity issues, and a lot of bands end up on the shallow, Average Joe side of the tracks. Transit walks the tightrope adeptly, weaving hooks within the deeper post-hardcore themes of each song. Critics have drawn comparisons to Hot Water Music, but the only place I see it is in some of the gruff supporting vocals.
In the end, Stay Home is short, fun and innovative and sets a pretty solid standard for Transit. I know I'm excited for the full-length follow up. These guys are really just another piece of the burgeoning post-hardcore movement that's been sprouting a shitload of incredible under-the-radar acts.
Stay Home's lead-off track included for you listening pleasure, children.
"I'd put my ear against your heart to keep the beat forever."
- Transit, "Stay Home"