Transit – Young New England

After three full lengths, many EPs and splits, we have grown to love Boston pop-punk outlet Transit. That love is supported with a minimalistic approach to their newest album, Young New England. The album has a rougher production sound than their 2011 release Listen and Forgive. For all of you looking for that amount of production, you’re looking in the wrong place.

For someone looking for a breath of fresh air and a very honest album about growing up and going on, look no further than Transit’s Young New EnglandTransit’s last album left us expecting something incredible, and the fourth album from the Boston group does not disappoint.

The band decided to take a more raw approach to the recording of their newest release that may turn away die hard Listen and Forgive fans. This album has not turned me off to Transit or their work. On the contrary, the laid back approach to this album is welcoming and a great reprieve from current releases.

The opening track “Nothing Lasts Forever” swallows us whole with warm, catchy lyrics, and before it’s over, singing along is the only option. This feeling continues until the album’s title track, “Young New England.”

It is easy to get engulfed by Transit’s surrounding drums, guitar, and a taste of belonging within the gang vocals. Then the title track on the album slows the pace down with vibrant guitar riffs. Once you reach “Weathered Souls,” though, the album is in full force. It will have you singing along and relating to it’s “grow up, go on” theme and accepting fate.

The hollowness of “Hang It Up” gives an empty feeling that more could have been done with it. The track causes a rift in the middle of the album, lulling the listener with unnecessary background vocals. The following track “Don’t Go, Don’t Stray” picks up the pace but still leaves something to be desired.

The feeling of comfort and familiarity comes back in “Thanks For Nothing,” with its happily subdued beats and reassuring vocals.  An inviting tone is heard in this track wanting everyone to sing along with some of the strongest lyrics on the record: “When as you age you learn that love is moving at somebody else’s speed.” The track finishes with a bittersweet tune just to remind us life is about not getting what we want.

Young New England then invites us to follow the path of summer flashbacks with a chipper guitar singing aloud and a bubbly bass line accompanying it, reminding us to just accept age and to keep dreams alive. The next song, “Hazy,” blurs the message of hope the rest of the album seemed to be sticking with.

The album leaves a gentle reminder to older bands with this slower punk rock feel such as; Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and Something Corporate.

With this album Transit is taking steps into new territories in music and in their own lives. Young New England is a solid album even without the gloss Listen and Forgive had. This may be unwelcoming to some older Transit fans. However, if you can embrace the raw, honest message that Transit delivers this album is definitely for you. The album is a great way to look into the lives of Transit and even give perspective on all that listen to their songs.

 

Tracklisting:

01. Nothing Lasts Forever
02. Second to Right
03. Young New England
04. Sleep
05. So Long, So Long
06. Weathered Souls
07. Hang It Up
08. Don’t Go, Don’t Stray
09. Thanks For Nothing
10. Summer, Me
11. Hazy
12. Bright Lights, Dark Shadows
13. Lake Q
 
Transit is about to embark on a North American Spring Headline Tour with support from Seahaven and Young Statues dates can be seen below.

Tour Dates:

April 5- Hamden, CT- The Space
April 6- Patchogue, NY 89 North Music Venue (Today’s Mixtape Fest)
April 7- Philadelphia, PA- The Barbary
April 9- Baltimore, MD- The Ottobar
April 10- Virginia Beach, VA- The Jewish Mother
April 11- Chapel Hill, NC- Local 506
April 12- Atlanta, GA- The Masquerade (Hell Stage)
April 13- Tampa, FL- The Orpheum
April 14- Orlando, FL- The Social
April 16- Houston, TX- Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
April 17- Dallas, TX- The Prophet Bar
April 19- Mesa, AZ- The Underground
April 20- Anaheim, CA- Chain Reaction
April 21- Lancaster, CA- The Edge
April 23- Los Angeles, CA- The Roxy
April 24- San Diego, CA- Soma
April 25- San Francisco, CA- The Bottom of the Hill
April 26- Portland, OR- Backspace Café
April 27- Seattle, WA- The Vera Project
April 29- Salt Lake City, UT- In The Venue
April 30- Denver, CO- The Marquis
May 1- Omaha, NE- Sokol Underground
May 2- Minneapolis, MN- Triple Rock
May 3- Joliet, IL- Mojoes
May 4- Iowa City, IA- Gabe’s Oasis
May 5- St Louis, MO- The Firebird
May 7- Indianapolis, IN- The Irving Theater
May 8- Cleveland Heights, OH- The Grog Shop
May 9- Detroit, MI- Shelter
May 10- Pittsburgh, PA- The Smiling Moose
May 11- Toronto, ONT – Sneaky Dee’s
May 12- Buffalo, NY- Soundlab
May 14- Cambridge, MA- The Sinclair
May 15- Syracuse, NY- Lost Horizon
May 17- Poughkeepsie, NY- The Loft @ The Chance
May 18- Freehold, NJ- The Plaza at iPlay America (Skate and Surf Festival)
May 19- Montreal, QC- Pouzza Fest 
 

You can buy the album here and you can listen to the first track off of Young New England below: