What genre would you classify your music as?
(Matt): Some folks have started to call us ‘progressive grunge’ which I am totally cool with. I don’t usually like to stick music into any one genre, but if I had to go with one, I’d say that’s pretty spot on.
What has been your favorite band to tour with?
(Mike): My favorite band that we played with on this tour was Opposite Box. They brought an incredible amount of energy to their show and had really interesting songwriting coupled with soaring live jams. They fused a ton of genres, including the heavy and proggy stuff that we love, so it felt like we meshed well. They were also awesome guys to hang with.
(Matt): I’ve gotta say Rishloo. I discovered them around 2010 when Feathergun was their newest record. I fell in love with their music immediately, but what I really admired was their success in taking a DIY approach. And being that they are based in Seattle, I never had the opportunity to see them live. In February of this year though, I had a friend contact me asking if I could help a band book a show in Austin. It was Rishloo! I coordinated with some other Austin groups to put together a show in April. It was amazing! They are great guys and they put on one hell of a show. I strongly recommend checking them out.
What is something you can’t tour without?
(Danny): Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and Listerine. In that order. You may not be able shower every day on tour but you can definitely have clean teeth!
Did you have any special writing techniques for “Roach”?
(Matt): I wanted to write a song with a simpler structure than we were doing on the previous record Celebrate Mutations. That record has some really cool passages and I think some of our best songs, but I wanted to write a song that packed a lot of punch while maintaining a psychedelic edge. That’s how Roach was born and Wait To Drown came soon after taking the same kind of approach.
How do you feel about the reactions you have gotten about “Roach”?
(Danny): So far I’ve gotten nothing but great feedback. I love it! It’s one of those songs that many of us here in Texas can relate to.
How did you all meet to create Transit Method?
(Mike): Matt and I grew up playing music together and we always wanted to create “the band” that would be our dream band. We never played in a proper band growing up, so when I moved back home after college, Matt was there waiting to create this group with bassist Matt Ficarelli in tow. I suggested we bring in Chris Clark, my friend and singer of my high school band. The four of us jammed and played some summer parties and felt the chemistry to record an album. That became our first record “Spun Into The Fabric”.
What was the inspiration behind the documentary “If You Don’t Love It, Change It”?
(Mike): The documentary “If You Don’t Love It, Change It” is the brainchild of the filmmaker Kenny Lewis. He shot a few music videos for locals bands in Pittsburgh and got an overwhelming positive response. He decided that film making was his love and wanted to pursue it full-time. He embarked on a journey with Randy Jenereaux filming music videos for 50 bands across the country. We were his Texas band and we recorded a video for “Artificial Genesis”. We had a long 12-hour shoot in the rain at several locations in Austin, and shot green screen footage in the rehearsal room at our house. It was an amazing experience and injected a lot of ambition into the band.
Any interesting tour stories?
(Danny): The most interesting thing that happened on tour happened on our day off in Memphis. None of us had ever been to Beale St. before so the decision to party out there for the night was kind of a no brainier. Long story short, we ended up meeting Sebastian Bach! He turned out to be a really cool guy and didn’t try to shoo us away or anything. That was definitely a fun night!
What made you all choose the name “Transit Method”?
(Matt): I’m surprised more people don’t know what this is! The Transit Method is a technique for discovering new planets. Now, I am not a physicist, but my understanding has always been that a potential new planet can be detected when it traverses in front of its mother star. The light from the star is dimmed which allows scientists to detect that something is in orbit around it. I love astronomy so it felt like a good fit!
Interview by: Danielle Rhew