Although Transit may be signed to Rise Records, their own influences range more towards Save The Day and Save The Day and less towards anything else that is heard on their label. Declaring a true state of independence, their latest release entitled Something Left Behind should appeal to all sorts of musical types who venture out to listen to their wondrous songs. About to hit the road on the PMA Tour with The Ghost Inside, Senses Fail and label mates Man Overboard, Transit is sure to present a refreshing voice to any live presentation. Here is a recent interview we conducted with two of the Transit members to find out more about this up and coming band…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Transit, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Joe Boynton, and I sing in Transit. My name is Tim, and I play guitar and kind of sing in Transit. We’ve been a band for five years.
Where is the band from and what is the music scene like there?
Joe B: We’re from North of Boston, popularly refered to as “The North Shore”. I grew up going to a show at least once a week, it never really mattered who was playing, shows really were the way you learned about new musi I think a lot of the kids who live in Massachusetts now have been spoiled by all the bands that come through and play here regularly. This area has produced a lot of “bigger” bands ( some example Bane, Converge, AN, Have Heart), and for that reason alone alot of kids I think feel entitled. A very “You impress me” attitude, and even worse, most won’t go out now unless there is some sort of “Super Show” happening.
I remember a few years back at the ICC (A larger venue in Allston). A really stacked show was being promoted there, and the general attitude I got from not only message boards, but from the people I knew was “Well..I GUESS..we’ll go..”. This sort of attitude towards things is going to prevent another one of those aforementioned bands from ever coming out of this area anytime soon.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Massachusetts, and we represent it wherever we go. It’s just kind of sad that I grew up in this area and we have to drive eight or more hours to get that same feeling of excitement, adventure, and openmindedness I got as a kid.
How did you wind up being signed to Rise Records? You guys are definitely different from the other bands on the label.
Tim: It just kind of happened. They contacted us, we were a little weirded out because, as you said, we’re not like any of their bands. We took the time to hear them out and met, and they’re great people who support us for who we are and what we do. Very content.
Is there any story or concept behind the Something Left Behind title?
Joe B: Something Left Behind is a message to my family and friends back
home. With all the extensive touring relationships with them have grown a little distant. Something Left Behind is basically a letter to everyone back home that I am only a phone call away.
“Leave the light on for me and promise I won’t let you be something left behind.“
What could one expect from a live Transit show?
Joe B: I think a lot of people play music for alot of different reasons, and for a lot of people who get into it they are really hit with the harsh reality of what it is really like playing, touring, and non stop working just to be able to get a cliff bar at a rest stop that night and if you’re lucky enough you’ll get to rest your bones on some motel floor for five or six hours. For me, playing live is the payoff of it all. I’m a pretty small guy, and I get sick pretty often touring and traveling constantly doesn’t help that. However when it’s time to play all that shit doesn’t matter anymore. Someone sent me a video of us playing “Outbound” live and one of the comments was “Joe smiles the whole time he plays and people sing along with him“, and watching the video they were totally right. What someone could expect from a Transit show is a projection of our love for music and playing it for people who care enough to share it with us.The music I grew up listening to really shaped me into the person I am. I want to give back, and I want to help others build those memories.
Have you ever played in the Los Angeles/Orange County area or plan to do so in the future?
Tim: That we have, and we will return.
Are you looking forward to the PMA tour and have you met your label mates Man Overboard or any of the other bands on the tour yet?
Tim: Very excited for the PMA tour. Man Overboard are actually close friends of ours, and we always love touring with them. It’s always a blast. Stoked to meet the other bands, too.
How close are you to recording your next full length and how will the music compare to what’s heard on Something Left Behind?
Tim: We will be recording our next full length in June. So pretty damn close. The last song on Something Left Behind, 1978, could be looked at as a nice little indicator of what’s to come. We’ll see though. We’re still writing it.
What is it you’d like to listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
Joe B: If you don’t like us, thats fine. If I had a nickel for every time I read my voice wasn’t any good or good enough I’d never have to worry about having Cliff bars to eat again (see what I did there). In fact those are my favorite criticisms, and I have no shame in admiting that I read them. Newsflash, if you write something shitty about a band or person nowadays online there is a HUGE chance they are going to read it. A great example was the Blink cover we decided to do where people shit on my voice. More breaking news in.. It’s a cover, of a pop punk band, by another pop punk singer, recorded in a garage on a shitty little camera. I assure all these fanboys most would sound just as bad if not far far worse. What I’d like though is for someone who’s heard us for the first time to feel as though they’ve heard something different that stands on it’s own, yet is strangely familiar. I think people are rarely anything more then their influences. There’s a reason when you were a kid your mom didn’t want you hanging around the shitty kids in the neighborhood. If you were to listen to us once and never again, I’ll take just being remembered.
Tim: Whoah. I would just like people to feel refreshed. We’re trying to do something new, something different. Change the style up.
Any final words of wisdom?
Shamrock Shakes will only be available at McDonalds for the next month or so. Take full advantage.
The Transit lineup consists of Joe Lacy on guitar and vocals, PJ Jefferson on bass, Tim Landers on guitar and vocals, Joe Boynton on vocals, and Daniel Frazier on drums.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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