This website was built because I like talking about music that hits me. About bands that reach me on a different level. There are hundreds, thousands, maybe millions of bands making music each year - but only a handful that move me. It's those occasions that the tunes hit my ears and I have an emotional reaction that I live for. It's the feeling I am hoping for each time I hit play on a new album. It's that pause between the button being pushed and the first notes where these hopes live. The idea that something is about to stir. That these are the notes I'll be listening to for months. The songs I'll relate to. The songs I'll sing along to when no one is watching. The songs that will forever be tied to memories and moments in time.
It's rare when reality matches expectations.
But when it does? Oh what a sight.
I just finished listening to the new Transit album for the first time. It reminds me of that feeling I got right after I first heard "Reach for the Sun" (by The Dangerous Summer), that feeling of "yeah, they get it" and "this is going to be the soundtrack to lives" and "thank God there are still bands making music like this; emotional, raw, and catchy - without being filled to the brim with party/dance/synth/autotune/beat/gimmick/neon/swoopedhair/whatever."
It's familiar while feeling new. Nostalgic while fresh.
If we've gotta put a genre on it (blah, people know how I hate that), then it's the best pop-rock-punk-ish album I've heard this year. Yep, went there. It's got, the "it" factor. And this is coming from someone who went in with virtually no expectations. And it took less than half a song for me to reach over and slide the volume up. By the chorus of the second song I was thinking about bands I listened to growing up, and how these guys could have opened for early Brand New, Midtown, Saves the Day, NFG and been right at home. By track 6 I was finding small lyrical gems I hadn't heard in this genre since Fall Out Boy. By track 10 I was realizing that this is one hell of a year in music. By track 12 I was clicking that little "repeat" button on the bottom of iTunes to make sure it played again and hoping the first listen feeling lasted. Hoping that this is one of those albums I let become part of my life. It's been a while since something in this genre struck that vein. I like talking about music that moves me. Some people like what I like, some people don't. Some people like when I'm excited about something, some people call it over-hype. Some people get me when I talk about being knocked on my ass by a song. Some people don't. But I know that out there, right now, there's someone waiting for these songs. There's someone that this album is going to change their life for, like the moment I first heard Blink 182 or MxPx. I honestly believe that. Someone will have broken up with a girl in late September, this album will somehow find their ears - and they'll be better for it. That's why I love music. That's why I love this kind of music. And that's why I write about it.
Album hits stores October 4th. Pre-order that sucker here.