Lyrics by Lucas Radbourne
In Transit are a new force in Melbourne’s alternative rock scene, so we chatted ahead of the release of their fourth single ‘Breathe’.
“Harry had always had this idea in mind to put a jug of beer on stage because the lead singer of the Cherry Dolls used to do that. It ended up being a bit of a silly thing to do. Harry’s guitar was stopped working on stage and he was adamant that the amp had blown or his guitar had fried he then wandered around the stage and green room like a fucking motherfucker looking for gear while the rest of the band was jamming onstage He came out of the crowd holding a random amp and a guitar and continued the set before the guitar and amp died again Turns out Harry was just an idiot drunk and kept accidentally hitting the power outlet on the wall without realizing it.
In Transit are a new force in Melbourne’s alternative rock scene with “an absurd collection of pedals” and a determination to make music with lyrical depth and remarkable textural imprint.
After meeting in high school with members playing in various bands over the past decade, Harry (vocals/guitar) Callum, (lead guitar), Schoof, (bass) and Cormac, (drums) bonded over a mutual love of experimentation in pop and rock builds.
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“Between the four of us, there’s quite a range in our listening and probably in the kind of music we imagined creating outside of high school, but we’ve been able to explore and experiment with our sound in contexts that are quite heavily influenced by artists who dabble in those genres,” Callum says.
“That’s exactly what some of our previous singles like ‘Twice’ and ‘I Wait’ really did for us as songwriters, because they weren’t necessarily representative of where we wanted to go as that group. But they gave us a space where we were able to choose certain elements of our influences across a range of genres in a way that worked for us.
With elements ranging from dreampop and indie-rock to post-punk, psych and garage, In Transit defies the usual suspects; Arctic Monkeys, Wolf Alice, The Stone Roses. “We can probably draw loose resemblances to influences like Sonic Youth or My Bloody Valentine,” Callum continues, “[plus]…Drones or really any Gareth Liddiard project will always affect our music.
Their latest single, “Breathe” – on which you can watch loyal In Transit audiences laughing – shows how In Transit’s amalgam of influences juxtapose Harry’s highly personal and often charged lyricism.
“‘Breathe’ is, at its core, about my Nana’s battle with cancer when I was 13 until I was about 15,” Harry says. “I think I found it all very traumatic and ‘Breathe’ is kind of like remembering moments and talking directly to my Nana. It’s also my own commentary on friends who smoke and attitudes that I find in many young smokers Discuss the vicious cycle that smoking evokes, smoking as a social tendency, addiction that sets in, stops, then repeats itself.
“The song’s outro is written speaking directly to our guitarist Callum, because I was really worried about his smoking habits. It’s quite melodramatic, but the first line kind of sums it up – ‘nights to drink, without thinking, seem to be the best we’ve had. So I’m just asking you to leave so we can all see them. The last line of the song “I know what I did and I I’m sorry, but I have to admit I won’t take it back” refers to turning my back on a close friendship but accepting it and freeing myself from regret.
“Often I don’t write songs with the intention of a story or a subject, but let the lyrics reveal themselves based on the feeling of the songs. I’m proud of the lyrics of ‘Breathe’, because each verse tries to say something different and each speaks to an individual experience I’ve been through. From the seriousness of my girlfriend’s battle with cancer to dead friendships. I’m potentially proudest of the lyrics “this is the life, don’t say everything” in Breathe. Partly because it’s a condensed phrase where “it is” and “say” are interchangeable, but mostly because I think it resonates with what I find in the attitude of many smokers towards cancer and addiction: “That’s life”, whatever it will be, and it’s inevitable, well, it’s not fucking .
It’s hard enough to start a band, record singles and get a following without emerging during a pandemic in the most closed city in the world. Although the guys admit the challenges they have faced as a band stem from the limitations of Covid, they still feel lucky to be at the heart of Australian music culture. They’ve earned an incredibly dedicated fan base that appreciates their musical direction and what’s more, they do it for the right reasons: camaraderie and getting trashed at The Gaso.
“Of course, it would be amazing to succeed to the point where we could depend on music as a livelihood,” notes Callum, “but that degree of success is not as important to any of us as the enjoyment we ‘ that I got playing in a band with some of your best buds, which we’re pretty determined not to lose sight of.
“We never really get used to people making fun of our gigs and singing unreleased tracks, but it’s definitely been a major boost thanks to COVID and keeps us coming back again and again. I think every gig we put on feels like a celebration, just because of the energy of the people you see there, whether it’s your friends or complete strangers, but especially after covid everyone is just happy to be able to have that kind of powerful community experience that you get back into live music again. So that’s easily the main reason we keep playing as a band, and the thing we’re most looking forward to on our schedule.
“Our very first headlining gig was for the release of our first single at the Gasometer Hotel. We were all super anxious and nervous because tickets were to be sold at the door, so we had no idea how many people that would move in. At that time the Gasos were selling pitchers for $15, we had been there about 4 p.m. and our set was supposed to start at 10 p.m. So we were fkn sauce. We ended up selling the show and the The house was packed Harry had always had this idea of putting a jug of beer on stage because the singer of the Cherry Dolls used to do it, it ended up being a bit stupid thing to do.
“Harry’s guitar stopped working on stage and he was adamant either the amp had blown or his guitar had fried. He then wandered around the stage and the green room like a fucking motherfucker looking for material while the rest of the band jammed onstage. He walked out of the crowd holding a random amp and a guitar and continued the set before the guitar and amp died again. Turns out Harry didn’t was just a drunken idiot and kept accidentally hitting the power outlet on the wall without realizing it.
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