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 England. Transit’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.
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: