Who’s Transitshop? How you guys all met and started this band?
I guess that would be me, my name is Chris O’Brien. Transitshop is the musical project that I started in 2010. I wrote and sang the songs on the debut album and played the guitars, bass and keyboards. Most of the drums were handled by Michael from the Bouncing Souls. Still I prefer to treat it like a band rather than a solo effort, much more fun that way. We play live as a trio.
What’s the meaning behind the band’s name?
Just thought of it one day. I wanted a name that wasn’t too hard to remember, and something that couldn’t be confused for anything else. After coming up with many ideas it just kinda stuck.
How is to have a legend among you guys?
Umm, I’m assuming you’re talking about Michael? He’s probably one of the best drummers I’ve heard. He brings a lot of extra energy to the songs and is a real fun guy to hang out with. Incredibly handsome too!
What are your music influences?
Wow, influences are everywhere. I’ve taken influences from all kinds of different bands and artists, whether it be something that I’ve heard alot of, or just a little. A lot of good ideas from something I love, or just a tiny piece from something I might hate. I first got into music in the 90’s during the so called “Grunge Era, and I guess it was that whole scene that made me want to be a musician. I was pretty pumped that I could hack my way through some Nirvana and Green Day songs after just a few weeks of playing. So I think it was that immediate satisfaction that made me want to keep going. Some of my all time favorite bands are, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, The Beach Boys, STP, The Cure… Some of the newer bands i’m listening too are The Sounds, Tokyo Police Club, Alkaline Trio, Gaslight Anthem, A Silent Film, Cloud Nothings. I just stumbled across a lesser known band called The Static Jacks who are real coo! They’re from New Jersey.
Five Thousand. How was the recording and writing process? Any release date yet in mind?
Its out now baby! Itunes, Spotify etc… The recording process was a lot of fun, but the long hours in the studio took their toll a little bit towards the end, especially during the mixing phase. Most of the stuff was written and arranged in advance, so it was fairly easy to hammer them out once entering the studio. Starting with drums, then guitars, then bass, then vocals and finally synths. I think guitars were the most fun. I got to use some really cool amps, and am really excited about some of the clean tones we came up with.
What has been the funniest moment you guys have been or took part while touring?
There was this one particular incident at a gas station in Hoboken, NJ that got a lot of laughs, but it probably wouldn’t be as funny if I tried to re-tell it. New York City is always a crazy time. Theres usually something pretty funny that goes down when trying to find your way back at the end of the night.
Do you guys feel you are moving on the right direction?
I think so. Of course theres always room for more, but I think we have already accomplished some cool stuff. Hopefully this album will bring a little more national exposure for the future. Its gotten some good press in the UK, so thats another area that we hope to branch out to in upcoming months.
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