Album Review: Transit – Young New England

By on March 31, 2013

image002Release Date: April 2nd

Label: Rise Records

HHM Rating:

[xrr rating=8/10]

From its opening track, Alternative Rock band Transit’s soon to be released LP: Young New England is a breath of fresh air. “Nothing Lasts Forever” is the most effective opening track I’ve heard in some time—a blazing rhythm, urgent lead, impressive harmonies, and an emotional vocal tone decorate the song: singer Joe Boynton’s vocals strike a similar cord as the likes of Jesse Lacey, and Mark Hoppus—deeper in tone and laced with emotional depth.

“Nothing Lasts Forever” is a standout song, but it’s not alone; the album’s title track is as much, if not more of a standout: Transit’s instrumental skill and heartfelt vocals are conceptually expanded and channeled into a fun, extremely catchy, anthem singalong—having some serious radio playability, this number will be replaying in your head “over and over again.” The band speeds it up, taking a more Pop-Punk direction and displaying a higher range of vocals in tracks like “Second To Right” and “So Long, So Long.” There is a contrasting, sort of duel-musical concept to Young New England: a mix of Pop-Punk songs (higher on the vocal range, heavier on the distortion) and songs showcasing the band’s more unique, Alternative side—as can be heard in the catchy hooks of “Hang It Up” and in the album’s closing track “Lake Q” a heart touching number with softer vocals, a high percussion drive, and an exotic sounding lead that can’t help but remind of Senses Fail’s “Bloody Romance.”

Transit’s second full-length with Rise Records is a success—a minor amount of Pop-Punk filler aside, the album’s instrumental strength, vocal delivery, and contingent of standout tracks ensure a sonically joyful experience for the listener; pre-order your copy of Young New England today and be sure to check out the music video for “Nothing Lasts Forever” below.

Review by Matt Crane – HHM