The Rock City archives: 2015

Transit/Such Gold, Rock City Basement

  • Tuesday 5th May 2015
  • Supported by: + Crooks


Boston rock outfit Transit has stirred up a unique recipe for success, packing one album after the other with fresh ideas. On their new and most compelling album to date, Joyride (Rise Records), the band's music and lyrics are complemented by soaring choruses and thoughtful one-liners.

“Life is too short to stick to the same formula," says vocalist Joe Boynton, "The albums we write are our paths to self-discovery; every album ends up pretty unique from the last because we all work very openly and honestly as a group. Our only goal as a band is to create an honest interpretation of who we are during the writing and recording process; when we accomplish that, every insecurity and worry in our lives seem to fall away.”

Joyride embodies relatable lyricism, a strong trait of the band carried out consistently throughout their career. This time around, Transit sheds light on personal struggles that are strewn throughout each track. The Boston-bred group's newest effort meanders through the heartbreak, sorrow, and all-too-familiar qualms of life's uncertainties.

Joe B. addressed the theme of Joyride, mentioning that it is "about searching for a balance between the darkness and the light.”

Composed of Joe Boynton (vocals), Torre Cioffi (guitar/vocals), P.J. Jefferson (bass) and Daniel Frazier (drums), Transit formed in 2006, signing with indie label Rise Records in 2011. 2013 brought on the release of Young New England, with its overall concept centered around the band's Boston roots. The album debuted at #4 on Billboard's Heatseeker's Chart and the video for its title track was filmed in the heart of Boston's nightlife scene with fans.

Much of 2014 has already been spent touring, but don't expect Transit to go out quietly. The band is a part of the annual Glamour Kills Holiday Festival in NYC this December, which was preceded by a headlining U.S. tour and dates with Four Year Strong. 2015 is already shaping up to be a busy year for the band, as they will continue to tour throughout spring and summer with a trip to the UK in between.



Built on a foundation of classic hardcore and a strong touring ethic, Rochester, New York-based Such Gold bring extra intensity and passion to the world of melodic hardcore.

Ben Kotin, Nate Derby, Skylar Sarkis, and Devan Bentley came together with the simple goal of making the kind of music they had grown up loving, and to get it out to the people by the most tried and true method of all: getting in the van. The band adds a layer of melody to the old-school hardcore sound, keeping the speed while adding emotional depth that extends beyond simply being upset. Af

ter recording a pair of EPs and appearing on Alternative Press' 100 Bands You Need to Know in 2012, Such Gold got the attention of the Razor & Tie label, which signed them and released their full-length debut, Misadventures, in 2012. By the time Such Gold released their second album, The New Sidewalk, in 2014, the group had a new lineup; singer and guitarist Ben Kotin and guitarist Nate Derby were joined by new bandmates Jon Markson on bass and Matt Covey on drums. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi