I've never really understood the appeal of pop-punk, but considering I work for a web site called AbsolutePunk, I do my best to dabble in the scene from time-to-time and try and find a band that strikes my fancy. Sure enough, every now and then a certain band will catch my ear and engage me.
For the last four years, the Boston quintet Transit have churned out accessible, engaging and melodic pop-punk that's often hard to dismiss. In the last couple years, the band has shifted their sound and moved towards something more indie, more late 90s emo, and more colorful.
Seen this past Wednesday in Pompano Beach, as part of the Glamour Kills 2012 Tour, the group did little to disappoint. On halcyon cuts like "Long Lost Friends," "You Can't Miss It (It's Everywhere)," and "Skipping Stone" they ooze confidence, charisma and commercial appeal. Vocalist Joe Boynton knows his way around a stage and bopped around with the panache of a seasoned veteran. Their 40-minute set had few flaws and on the urgent "Asleep at the Wheel," the band proved that crafting earnest, rock anthems is effortless.
But in this writer's opinion, what makes the band standout is their dedication to their fans. The following night in Orlando, five teenagers had driven down from Michigan to attend the concert. Unaware that the show would sell out, they foolishly arrived at the venue without tickets. When the Transit five heard about said misfortune, they retreated to a quiet alley behind the stage and performed a three-song acoustic set for the downtrodden teens. And it was actually in that three-song impromptu set that Transit let their true colors shine. Anchored by crisp three-part harmonies and Boynton's reedy croon, there was little not to like. Whether it was the stark sadness of "Outbound," or the undying yearning on "Long Lost Friends," there was something palpable, riveting and undeniably charming of those three songs.
Prior to Wednesday, I was always keen on Transit, but after the past two days, I'm unapologetically vowing my allegiance. May their road to success be paved with unending fortune and fame. They most certainly deserve it.
For those interested, the Pompano set list was:
1. Long Lost Friends
2. You Can't Miss It
3. Asleep at the Wheel
4. All Your Heart
5. Please Head North
6. Skipping Stone
7. Cutting Corners
9. Stay Home
The acoustic set the following night was:
2. You Can't Miss It
3. Long Lost Friends