Transit Method is a heavy rock group from Austin, TX that brings together the complexities of progressive rock with the unrefined grit of grunge and metal. Consisting of brothers Matt and Mike LoCoco (guitars/vocals and drums, respectively), Bryan Rolli (guitars/vocals) and Charlie Anderson (bass), the band has been writing, recording and performing together since 2014. That same year they self-released their Celebrate Mutations EP and followed it up with their Roach EP in 2016 on Basement Avatar Records drawing comparisons to the likes of Soundgarden, Rush, The Mars Volta, and Motorhead.
They’ve also been described as “a powerfully epic combination of punk, metal, and dynamic vocals calling to mind some of the more truly epic moments of Jane's Addiction's 'Ritual de lo Habitual'" (PunkNews). The Austin Chronicle ranked it in their Top 10 albums of 2017, and the single "Snake Wine" was rated the #1 song on Australia’s “You Heard This?” podcast.
In 2017, the band signed with Brutal Panda Records and released their first full length album "We Won't Get Out Of Here Alive". Sounding like Geddy Lee fronting a grunge band, the album was revered as “really fucking rad” (MetalSucks).
The band has performed across the United States in over 25 cities, including events such as the F1 Festival, and have shared the stage with the likes of The Sword, Consider The Source, Boogarins, Adelita’s Way, Flaw, Rishloo and Hikes. "As a single touchstone that naturally can’t capture everything the band is about, I reckon if you dig Jupiter-era Cave In you’ll probably like Transit Method a lot." (MetalSucks)
"I reckon if you dig Jupiter-era Cave In you’ll probably like Transit Method a lot." - MetalSucks
Like a lot of Brutal Panda stuff, this is proggy post-hardcore with tech-y riffs
and soaring vocals (think Mars Volta, Fall of Troy, Protest the Hero, etc),
and the performance video (titled "Mutants") does a fine job of
showing off this band's chops.
Andrew Sacher, Brooklyn Vegan
"Transit Method are scratching an itch I didn’t even know I had.
[They] mix metal and grunge with a healthy dose of prog — an odd time signature here with a fleet-fingered bass line there — for an ear-grabbing four-minute tune that’s both tantalizingly complex and catchy.
Vince Neilstein, Metal Sucks
“Transit Method have taken their sound further into the grunge realm by adding a dash of thrash while always maintaining their prog edge.”
New Noise Magazine
"The result ends up calling to mind former Brutal Panda labelmates Wild Throne, but with scorching guitar solos in place of spazzy vocal freakouts. It’s really fucking rad, if you ask us (and you’re reading this… so you did).
"... loud and heavy just the way I like it, blending progressive rock elements with heavy metal sensibilities. It’s like if Rush and The Mars Volta had a badass rock baby. It’s awesome. Trust me ... go see them."
Kelly Cleveland, KeepAustinIndie.com
Photos by Tess Cagle and Dom Martinez