handguns is 500x's better than man overboard and transit...you also should've probably concentrated a little more on the album and compared it to their first instead of saying how tight-knit they are...cuz MOST bands that start up and are trying to get signed in ALL genres are super determined, great guys, put on awesome shows etc. etc.
Just to name a few more from PA are Carousel Kings, Going Gone, Trophies, Colors, In The Day, and Chances are High
Yeah all beginning bands are all really really really really good.
Edit: And these guys aren't close to those two bands in my opinion, that's your own.