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"519 Revue"

Finally, the punk–rockers are taking acid. Well, maybe not acid, but if you look closely, a lot of kids in this area are growing up. Intransit are proof. A year or two ago, the boys in this band were all in very different groups. With varying resumes featuring stints in local punk faves like The Detrimentals, Burnside, Malaprop, and Glory Fades, the members of Intransit came together when their ears got tired and their collective tastes started shifting towards more melodic, anthemic rock. Mike Christie (vocals, synth), Joel Mieske (vocals, guitar), Mark Walsh (bass), and Keith Heppler (drums), let their new aspirations bring their band together and they’re just about to unveil the fruits of their labours with the release of their debut EP, Morning Watch. “Some of our background in punk has definitely played a role in shaping our sound,” says guitarist Flatt. “We like to think that we’ve kept the things that originally resonated with us about punk and post–punk––intensity, a certain driving quality, emotional honesty––while leaving behind a lot of the tired and overdone elements. It’s helped us understand dynamics and the power of a great pop hook that’s delivered sincerely. This band represents a divergence for us, a new expression of what originally got us excited about music, but also includes our larger love of atmospheric, anthemic rock.” Morning Watch is definitely a sum of their influences. While the melodies clearly come from a post-punk leaning, the hooks are grandiose, the choruses positively soar, and their driving rhythm section steers the ship for echo–drenched, languid solos to stretch out over top. It’s music that would sound pretentious if it wasn’t so good. Tunes like “Goodbye Missouri” and “A Stone’s Throw Away” could’ve been written by Billy Joe Armstrong to be played by Pilate, or even U2. It seems an unlikely synthesis, but Intransit pull it off quite masterfully. Every minute of their studio time was well spent, with each member working their damnedest to make sure every song was as good as it could be. Intransit work hard, as a democracy, to give their music its life. “It was a great process from beginning to end,” Flatt says of the recording. “The thing we probably enjoyed most was hearing the songs come together as each of us left our own distinct mark on it. We really pride ourselves on everyone contributing equally and being entirely responsible for composing their parts in whichever way best serves the song. In some bands that just doesn’t fly, but in our case, we were thrilled that each of our creative inputs came together so well to articulate our musical vision.” Their vision, though not inherently strange, does make them somewhat of an anomaly in these parts. We don’t really have any straight-up, anthem-pop bands in the area, and several members of the group are still more well–known for their previous bands, (and thus their more punk connections). This combination of circumstances has led to some interesting bills for Intransit, (and the odd up–hill battle with audiences), but for the most part, they’ve been an invigorating breath of fresh air at shows growing stagnant with mall–punk. “We’ve been fortunate enough to get some great shows in the region,” says Flatt. “In this town the punk scene is actually pretty diverse and the fans are usually open–minded enough to give us a shot. I think our unique sound gives us a leg–up. It’s something different that grabs people’s attention. That said, sometimes we do feel like it would be easier if we could play to people more often who we knew liked our style of music, rather than trying to change people’s minds or introduce something new to them. But things are coming around, and K–W has a lot of good bands, with a lot of grassroots support. We believe in what we’re doing and the music we’re making and we hope to convey that belief to other people too.”

Intransit are releasing their debut EP tonight at UW’s Bombshelter. It’s $5 at the door, with Glory Fades and Lifestory:Monologue opening. Go out and show these boys that there is indeed life after punk. - Echo Weekly

"Friday is Looking Good"

Local anthem–rockers, Intransit are quickly building a reputation as the finest export our fair town has seen in years. Their *Morning Watch* EP is still garnering praise all over the country and gaining them a staunch, swelling fanbase, (even gaining them indie distribution in Tokyo). They won’t forget us anytime soon though. Intransit have a lot of big plans for the year ahead, not the least of which is their full–length debut which looks like it could be as sprawling and moving as any masterwork of Pink Floyd. - Echo Weekly


The Guilty [EP] - 2008
Morning Watch [EP] - 2005



Waterloo, ON:

Reverb addict grad student meets felllow fan of cinematic.
Who then invites quiet, virtuosic hearthrob tradesman.
Who then invites quick witted and quick hitting drummer.
Who then invites an outdoorsy gear junkie tone master.

That is the very brief story of Intransit, 4 friends who share a common love for uncommonly moving music. After spending time writing and mastering their live performance, Intransit entered the studio to release their first EP [morning watch] produced by Tyler de Witt at Skylight Studios in Toronto in early 2005. With this debut EP, many achievements were realized - a small Japanese distribution deal with Duotone Records, a week long feature on CBC's New Music Canada, soundtrack offers, and now into a second pressing of this debut.

Just recently, Intransit has entered the studio again but with one of Canada's hottest upcoming producers/engineers, Brian Moncarz at Whirlwind Sound. This collaboration has proven to be a perfect match as they have just finished an EP [The Guilty], released February 2008. Moncarz, who recently finished The Junction’s first major label LP, also has Pilate in his discography. “Intransit is an extremely talented band that writes intelligent songs with great pop hooks. Having recently produced The Junction’s debut album for Universal Music, I can honestly say that Intransit will make waves in the Canadian music industry”, said Moncarz of the quartet. This new EP has attracted an independent label deal with Quadraphonic Records, as well as initial discussions with booking and management.

Live audiences have been taken by the band’s sincere and genuine passion for playing, sharing the stage with many Canadian greats such as Thornley, In Flight Safety, The Junction, and Jully Black. With broad comparisons to bands such as U2, Sigur Ros, and Death Cab for Cutie, Intransit is 4 different worlds that form a cohesive, relevant, and unique sound. Venn and his circles would be proud.