Wonderful Defense Mechanisms
Some 25

Available 07/27/04


Survival 101




Official site: tntd.net

Formed in 2000, through friendships forged around Salt Lake City's Kilby Court DIY music and art scene, THE NEW TRANSIT DIRECTION began with modest goals: To write dynamic rock songs in the vein of Jawbreaker, Burning Airlines, and Jawbox, and to express these songs in honest ways through both emotive live shows and the best recordings possible. Then, get in the van and turn on the rest of the world. They've been following that steady diet of write, record and tour for the past two years.

Salt Lake City is known more for its religious zeal than its quality independent music. The town's isolation and small indie community gave the guys little else to depend on but their own drive and spirit of perseverance. The band honed its craft in the handful of clubs in the city, and in 2002 scraped together the funds necessary for a trip to Washington, DC, to record tracks with the hallowed help of producer J Robbins (Promise Ring, Dismemberment Plan, Jets To Brazil).

The result was a three song self-titled EP, of which they quickly pressed 2,000 copies and began sending around to friends in other bands. When not working odd jobs (Josh and Dan have both moonlighted as bricklayers), the guys were busy screening their own t-shirts and posters. Armed with an EP and some other merchandise, THE NEW TRANSIT DIRECTION hit the road. They were fortunate enough to land opening slots on tours with the Used, Taking Back Sunday, the Blood Brothers and Form of Rocket. They filled down time between support dates with basement and community hall shows in and around Salt Lake.

The hard work and dedication paid off. The band quickly sold all of its EPs and interest from labels began to mount. The band's showcases were well received, but TNTD was patient. They wanted to make music on their own terms without the heavy fist of an unsatisfactory deal. In November of 2002, NYC hardcore icon and Some Records partner Sammy Siegler listened in on the band's practice in a heatless woodshop on Kilby Court. He was hooked by the craft of the song writing, the impeccable technical proficiency and the band's fervent work ethic.

Shortly thereafter, TNTD joined the open arms of the Some Records family and in the fall of 2003 drove to New York City to start recording its debut album with producer Jon Congleton (90 Day Men, the Paper Chase), who produced and mixed the album. The band's scheduled warm up show before entering the studio was cancelled due to the infamous Blackout of 2003. When the lights finally came back on, TNTD was more than anxious to lay down some tracks.

The bulk of the album was recorded at the Shed Studios in Manhattan, with a Neve board that once belonged to Kinks front man Ray Davies. After a week in New York, the band continued on to Congleton's studio in Dallas, TX, to complete Wonderful Defense Mechanisms, an album of dynamic rock anthems and ballads, which comes out July 27 on Some Records.

With a clear mission to prove itself as one of the most up and coming rock bands of the year, The New Transit Direction plans to spend most of its time on the road. 2004 is going to be the busiest year of the band's career. TNTD wouldn't have it any other way.