April 27, 2006

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Meet Virginia in New Hampshire
Pop-rock giants Train roll into Concord
By Richie Victorino  rvictorino@hippopress.com

San Francisco-based Train fell off the tracks for a few years. But a cab has brought them back to speed.

In 2003 the widely successful band took a three-year hiatus. Forming in 1994, the band found success early and often. Their do-it-yourself 1998 self-titled debut album included the hit song “Meet Virginia,” which put the band on the pop-music radar screen. With a little help from the television show Party of Five, (which played the band’s song “Free”) a wider audience began hearing Train. But it was the title track off the band’s 2001 release, Drops of Jupiter, with lyrics like “She listens like spring and she talks like June,” that put the band atop the pop-rock lists.

Since Drops of Jupiter, the band has changed a few faces. The band’s latest release, For Me, It’s You, is the first studio effort by the new lineup, which includes former Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt and former John Mayer/Shawn Mullins keyboardist Brandon Bush.

The album is filled with the personal experiences of songwriter/singer Pat Monahan. “The ‘you’ changes in every song,” said Monahan, in a press release, regarding the title of the latest album. “In the title song … the ‘you’ is the woman I’m in love with. Throughout the record, the ‘you’ is my children or my dear friend who died this year. It’s my mother. It’s my family. It’s my band.”

“Cab” is the first release off the album and is the metaphorical song on the album according to Monahan. The other songs are direct in their meanings and emotions.

“This whole album is about where I’ve been lyrically for the last couple of years, experiencing what I’ve had to experience,” he said. “You don’t choose your experiences, they choose you.”


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Come on baby ride it
TGrammy Award-winning Train performs at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 30. Tickets range from $28 to $40 and can be purchased by going to the Capitol Center box office, by calling 225-1111 or going to ccanh.com. The Capitol Center for the Arts is located at 44 South Main St., Concord.

For more on Train go to trainline.com