Train’s new megahit “Hey Soul Sister” has already become an instant classic, but over the course of 15 years Train has made its mark on music history with a string of other memorable offerings including the Grammy-Award-winning album “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.” Since forming in San Francisco in 1994, the multi-platinum selling band has traveled a long, successful and sometimes arduous journey.
Following their 2006 release, For Me, It’s You, the band took a three-year hiatus, and in that time, Train has, for all intents and purposes, experienced an epiphany as a whole. Now, with their fifth album, Save Me San Francisco, Train has channeled their early days, revisiting the roots rock sound that has made the band such a tour de force – and, in turn, the band is united stronger than ever before.
When looking back, Train credits the city of San Francisco with cultivating the band’s identity and foundation, so it’s no wonder than the title track of the record would pay homage to the Bay Area metropolis the band holds so dear.
Save Me San Francisco is an autobiographical account of Train’s beginnings which takes the listener through the three-piece’s humble start in the mid-90s up through the time when vocalist Pat Monahan, in particular, left the City by the Bay. It taps into Train’s organic sound, recalling the blues and folk-infused rock that put the band on the map from the start.
“I just want to stay connected to the highest level … and I think it comes through music,” says Monahan, who makes up the threesome along with guitarist Jimmy Stafford and drummer Scott Underwood. “My goals are very simple, but they’re pretty big at the same time. I think Train fans who have watched the good and the bad, have been a part of all of it and have loved some of the music and not liked some of the music, are really going to like this record a lot — I think, much more than they have in years.”
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Train performed at Union County Music Fest 2010 in New Jersey where Love Hope Strength is a beneficiary of charitable proceeds.
Union County Music Fest 2010