Five-piece Boston, Mass. based rockers Transit are the definition of growth and progression. On their first releases they delivered a heavy pop-punk sound that was a great listen, but ultimately blended in with the rapidly growing pop-punk scene. So, like a great band should do, Transit decided to change the direction of the band for the better starting with their acoustic release Something Left Behind and their Record Store Day exclusive Promise Nothing 7″. On these releases Transit showcased a much milder, indie rock take on their sound that shocked and awed the scene much like Brand New did back when they released the universally loved Deja Entendu, so ultimately the expectations appear to be incredibly high for Transit’s fall release Listen & Forgive when it hits shelves October 4th.
The first taste of this release is “Long Lost Friends” which doesn’t disappoint those expecting the reigns to be held back. Vocalist Joe Boynton’s vocals have never sounded better as they soar to new heights and the addition of guitarist Torre Cioffi’s mature guitar work, which joins forces with the already proven guitar of Tim Landers, makes for the perfect blend of sweet, delicate indie rock.
But back to Boynton, for his vocals are what impress the most in “Long Lost Friends.” His delivery is flawless, his lower notes are no where near as nasally as they were on their sophomore full-length Keep This To Yourself and he even shows great composure and versatility in the bridge as his prolonged belting of “Anyone/At all” pleases the ears as it immediately jumps back into the foot tapping chorus. If this song is indicative as to what the rest of the album sounds like, Listen & Forgive makes its mark as one of the most anticipated albums of the fall, and may find its place on numerous Album Of The Year lists come January.
Listen to “Long Lost Friends” below and pre-order Listen & Forgive here.