Take a “Joyride” With Transit

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Since 2006, the Boston indie punk band Transit has been releasing a diverse collection of music and rarely disappoints. On October 20, Transit released their newest full length, Joyride, which is sure to live up to the success of Young New England and Listen & Forgive. The band has been gradually mellowing their previously post-hardcore sound, and the new album is no exception. Joyride is the kind of album that you and a few good friends can jam to on a lazy afternoon (and, coincidentally, I always thought that Transit made for good driving music). The album begins with an energetic song with a somewhat darker message; vocalist Joe Boynton sings about the suspicion of a significant other spending time between more than one love interest in “The Only One”. I’m sure that most of us have been through this from time to time, making the song relatable to say the least. On the other hand, I can immediately think of a handful of other songs that take the same approach to this same conflict-of-love-interests situation as addressed in Transit’s newest opening song, so I wouldn’t say it’s the most original of songs. However, I can’t deny that it’s very instrumentally pleasing and smooth, making up for any lack of originality in lyrical themes.

On September 17, Transit released their first single from Joyride titled “Rest To Get Better”, and the song was an instant hit. Not too often do you hear a song simply about getting a lack of adequate sleep, but somehow they managed to make it interesting. And as college students, don’t even try to tell me that you can’t relate. In one of the catchiest choruses I’ve heard recently, Boynton exclaims, “Rest to get better, and dream of all the ways to escape”. Whether or not escaping from day-to-day burdens and responsibilities is actually that easy, the song at least helps you to feel a little more optimistic about whatever you’re dealing with. And ironically, as I’m writing this, I’m aware that I have to be up in five hours, so I can vouch for Boynton’s advice that getting some rest wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

In “Nothing Left to Lose”, the band explores the idea that as you get older life can start to feel old or unexciting and ultimately less satisfying. However, the song has a casual, laid-back feel that makes the listener feel like life doesn’t have to be as mundane or washed-up as it might sometimes. In a way, it reminds me of the album itself; the band still has their iconic indie punk rock sound but with a new, easy-listening pop feel, demonstrating their success at evolving in this constantly-changing world of music. The band’s “nothing to lose” attitude has definitely been working for them.

“Summer Dust” is probably what I would call my favorite song on the album and it has a sweet summery vibe (shocking, right?). The song brings back nostalgic memories of the time a few months back when drowning in exams and essays wasn’t an everyday concern. Stylistically, it reminds me of the bright pop-punk of the early nineties that makes whatever you’re doing or whatever you’re thinking about seem so much more fun.

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As shown by Joyride, Transit still has the same talent and creativity from when they started eight years ago, but now with a more indie punk rock twist. With that being said, I would rate Joyride a solid 8 out of 10. Transit’s ever-evolving style always manages to surprise listeners, so I never feel like I’m listening to the same album over again when they release new material. Occasionally, the lyrics can lack creativity and be a bit unoriginal, but, more often than not, I’m thoroughly impressed with their witticism. Also, it amazes me that Transit has the ability to write about such dreary topics like heartache or loneliness while still making the song sound so pleasant and almost feel-good. I guess the band and their newest album just go to show you that attitude is everything. Though I was very impressed by their newest release, I’ll still say that my favorite album by them is Listen & Forgive (2011) because of its consistent flow of energy and emotion. Still, Joyride is an album you won’t want to ignore, so get together with some friends and let the record spin.

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