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On tour in 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, PA
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock[1]
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Rock Ridge Music/ Warner Music Group
Associated acts Bouncing Souls
Members Chris O’Brien
Vinnie Pastore
Past members Derek Gallagher

Transitshop is an American indie rock and alternative rock band based out of Philadelphia[1] and founded in 2010 by Chris O'Brien.[2] They have released two albums and are signed to Rock Ridge Music, touring with bands such as Trapt and Candlebox.[3]


Philadelphia-based musician[4] Chris O'Brien first formed Transitshop in 2010, after a shoulder injury forced him to take time off as lead guitarist for another band in 2009.[3] On their debut EP, independently released as Transitshop, O'Brien wrote the songs and also handles vocals, bass, and keyboards. Most of the drums were handled by Michael McDermott from the Bouncing Souls.[2] It debuted at #20 on the CMJ’s Top 200 Radio Chart, and tracks from the EP received play from over 50 national FM stations.[3]

In the summer of 2011, O'Brien met Detroit-based producer Matt Dalton (Chiodos, I See Stars, Stephen Christian),[3] and Transitshop began recording their first LP in Detroit[1] at 37 Studios with Dalton. They also recorded at Thermal Productions in New Jersey with producer Stephen McKnight,[3] with McKnight mastering and mixing and O'Brien co-producing.[5] The indie pop and alternative rock album Velocity was released on Rock Ridge Music[3] on August 13, 2013.[6] Reviews compared the band's sound to that of new wave bands in the 80s, including the aural landscapes of The Cure, New Order and The Smiths. Influences such as modern pop punk and post punk were also named.[7]

In the fall of 2013 Transitshop toured with rock band Trapt in support of Velocity. They have also toured or performed with bands such as Candlebox, Alkaline Trio, Walk the Moon, A Silent Film, Empires, Fastball, An Horse, and State Radio.[3] On February 1 2014 Transitshop performed a sold out show with The Goo Goo Dolls at The House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ.


  • Derek Gallagher - drums


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Transitshop EP
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Independent

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Way Station - Kira Velella, Timelord Smith, Transitshop 8/17 7PM-12:30AM". Gander TV. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Transitshop Interview". Vents Magazine. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "The Band". Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Transitshop". KISS FM 1031. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  5. ^ "Velocity". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Transitshop to release album in August". Skope Magazine. July 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-04.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ Garcia, AJ. "Velocity". Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  8. ^ Levine, Mike. "From our digital submissions: Transitshop". The Deli Magazine. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 

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