Transit - Keep This To Yourself

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Pop Punk
Run For Cover Records
Transit
Keep This To Yourself
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Defend pop punk.  With those three simple words, a revolution of sorts has happened.  2010 has seen good pop punk releases from bands such as Man Overboard, The Wonder Years, and Four Year Strong.  With the changing of the seasons right around the corner, Transit has released what may be the last good pop punk album of the summer.  The band’s sophomore album and debut for Run for Cover Records, Keep This To Yourself brings the band’s hardcore-inspired pop punk to the masses.

Opener “Dear Anyone” sets the pace for the album, showing a darker side to the band then what was found on This Will Not Define Us, with vocalist Joe Boynton exclaiming “Nobody knows/ what I’m trying to hide. / Not even me.”  Fans of the bands split with Man Overboard will instantly recognize the next track, “Please Head North.”  The production of Jesse Cannon shows off the talent of guitarists Tim Landers and Joe Lacy, while making the song sound much fuller.  “Hope This Finds You Well” is the poppiest song on the album, while “I Was Going To Cross This Out” displays the influence of Lifetime, starting with a mid-tempo intro before a mid-song tempo increase that slows back down to make the song feel complete.  “The Downsides” shows the talents of the entire band, with a slow, almost apologetic intro that changes in to an upbeat, more introspective track where Boynton proclaims “I try to be honest, I try to be sincere. / I tried so hard not to dwell. / But it never seems I do any of these too well. / And all I've ever asked of you is one chance / to let you down.”

No matter how good an album is, nothing is ever perfect.  The biggest downfall of this album is that there is not one clear cut, catchy hook to be found.  For fans who like their pop punk to be more punk, however, this won’t be a problem.  Another problem is that Cannon’s production work is, at times, too good.  For a band like Transit, having a more raw sound to their recording’s will never hurt the band.  Cannon’s production leaves very little raw feeling to the album, making it almost too polished for its own good.

With the way the genre has been recently, it would be very easy to say pop punk is dead.  Trite bands, neon, and a general lack of talent and creativity have doomed the genre, and many fans have abandoned it completely.  Keep This To Yourself should be considered a wake-up call to those that forgot about the genre, a “war cry” if you will.  Man Overboard may have coined the phrase “Defend Pop Punk,” but they’ve got plenty of allies on their side.  With the release of Keep This To Yourself, pop punk is far from dead; it is alive and better than ever.  Consider pop punk well defended.

1. Dear Anyone
2. Please Head North
3. Footwork
4. Hope This Finds You Well
5. Return Address
6. A Living Diary
7. No Inbetween
8. I Was Going To Cross This Out
9. The Downsides
10. Photographic Memory
11. PS
12. Keep This To Yourself
13. Our New Year
14. Love____

An American pop-punk group based out of Boston, MA. Along the lines of Lifetime, Saves the Day, Polar Bear Club, and Hot Water Music.Transit has released a self titled 4 song demo, a 5 song EP entitled 'Let It Out', a full length entitled 'This Will Not Define Us', a 6 song EP entitled 'Stay Home', and another full length titled Keep This To Yourself. They are currently signed to Rise Records.

Transit is...
Joe B. - Vocals
Tim - Guitar/Vocals
Joe Lacy - guitar/vocals
PJ - Bass
Daniel - Drums

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