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Train

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Success has been a slow but steady climb for the San Francisco, California, rock group Train. It took more than two years for momentum to build behind the groups self-titled debut and its first single, the melancholy Meet Virginia, but the story surrounding the groups sophomore effort, Drops of Jupiter, is much different. When the premiere single, the title track, began radio play in the spring of 2001, it instantly garnered attention from music fans. The notoriety catapulted the album to number six on the Billboard 200 chart within the first week of its release. Its pretty different because we started off without a record deal, toured and toured and had that hit [Meet Virginia]. Its been gradual. This record has been well received from the get-go. Its amazing, bassist Charlie Colin told Contemporary Musicians.

Extensive touring has been the driving force behind Train since the groups formation in 1994. Train is basically the melding of two Los Angeles-area groups. Guitarists Jimmy Stafford and Rob Hotchkiss as well as Colin performed as The Apostles, who were signed to Polygram in 1991. Meanwhile, singer Pat Monahan fronted the band Exit. When the Apostles broke up in 1993, Colin packed up and moved to Singapore to write commercial jingles while Hotchkiss relocated to San Francisco where he met Monahan. The two founded a folk duo and traveled the coffeehouse circuit playing cover songs and original material.

Wanting to expand the duo into a full-size band, Monahan and Hotchkiss recruited Stafford and called Colin, who had since moved to Colorado. After hearing demo tapes, Colin and his then-drummer, Scott Underwood, headed for San Francisco. I heard Pat sing once with Rob and Jimmy and I said, Forget it. I packed up my stuff and moved. It was obviously a good thing. The chemistry was immediate. Once we started playing, we immediately started getting good shows. There was no guess work. It was obviously the right band, Colin told Contemporary Musicians.

Having experienced dealing with a major label with The Apostles, Colin encouraged his Train bandmates to hone their live skills and build a following before signing a deal. He said it worked out for the best: We were playing two to three times a week, and we were really prolific. We just focused on playing live shows and writing a lot so wed try out new songs all the time. Wed rehearse a couple nights a week, so basically we were playing like six nights a week because we were rehearsing and playing live shows, Colin told Contemporary Musicians.

Fans responded favorably, allowing Train to become self-sufficient. Within two years, the group had enough original material under its belt to start recording, but money was a problem. The groups family members helped fund the recording of Trains self-titled debut album. To polish songs for their debut, Train recruited Counting Crows guitarist David Bryson to mix the album. Creating Train on its own allowed the band to explore the music without the interference of a record label. Impressed by what it heard, Columbia picked up the group and the album. We made the album completely unsigned and Columbia bought it from us. We didnt give them the opportunity to let them be the boss. We were completely autonomous. Had I not been signed previously, we would have done it differently. We would have thought we needed to get a record deal and then go [into the studio]. We thought, Lets do it ourselves and if people want to hear it, theyll come. If record labels want it, theyll call. It worked out great for us, Colin told Contemporary Musicians.

Train was released by Aware/Red Ink/Columbia Records on February 24, 1998. It received positive reviews, but radio and the record-buying public were slow to make it a hit. In a review for Amazon.com, Jason Josephes compared Train to Georgias R. E. M., writing, Ballads like If You Leave and Homesick could be mistaken for early demos by Athenss most beloved sons, but when the guitar solos kick in, its classic Southern goodness. Luckily Train dont derail themselves by sticking solely to greasy jams and high-wire guitar acrobatics. The San Francisco-based five-piece keep their slice-of-life sound simple and lean, never overdoing what doesnt need to be overdone.

One year later, Train got a boost from Aware Records, a small label that is credited with discovering the likes of Hootie and the Blowfish, the Dave Matthews Band,

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Members include Charlie Colin, bass, guitars, background vocals; Rob Hotchkiss, guitars, bass, background vocals, harmonica; Pat Monahan, lead vocals, trumpet, saxophone, percussion; Jimmy Stafford, guitars, background vocals, mandolin; Scott Underwood, drums, programming, keyboards, percussion.

Group formed in San Francisco, CA, 1994; released debut LP Train, 1996; signed with Aware/Red Ink/Columbia/Sony and re-issued Train, 1998; contributed to Aware 5: The Compilation, 1997; and Songs From Dawsons Creek Vol. II, 2000; released Drops of Jupiter, 2001.

Awards: U. S. gold certification for Train, 1999; U. S. platinum certification for Train, 2000.

Addresses: Record company Columbia Records, 550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022-3211; 2100 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Management Bill Graham Management, P. O. Box 31505, Oakland, CA, 94604-1505. Website Train Official Website: http://www.trainline.com.

and Better Than Ezra. It decided to put Trains single Meet Virginia on Aware 5: The Compilation, part of a series of CDs meant to give fans exposure to new music. It worked, pushing the single into the top ten and eventually helping to drive sales past one million. The peak moment was when we played this radio show in Philadelphia that summer. We were on after some band Id never heard of, and before Sean Lennon. Just as were backstage waiting to go on, we hear thousands of people rushing the stage and chanting, Train, Train, Train! We sort of knew that there was this swelling fan base around the country, but until we had the hit on the radio, we didnt see it in such a ravenous way. That was such a high, Monahan said in Columbia Records press materials.

After three years of supporting Train, the band took a six-week break to record its sophomore album, Drops of Jupiter, at Atlanta, Georgias Southern Tracks Studio. The group worked with producer Brendan OBrien, whose credits include work with Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots. Were really proud of this album, Monahan explained in Columbia Records press materials. After years on the road, supporting an album that we wrote so long ago, were obviously excited about getting a bunch of new material out there. But beyond that, these songs just have a quality about them. Our songwriting, our relationships, our ability to get our thoughts into songsall that got stronger after playing in front of a live audience for so many nights.

Fans got their first taste of Drops of Jupiter when the song Respect appeared on Songs From Dawsons Creek Vol. II, released in October of 2000. Like the previous effort, Train wrote the album together, with individual members contributing songs. Its really interesting how were extremely close friends and musically, we couldnt do it without each other. Theres no way we could have another person come in and be trained. Our drummer, for example, he plays keyboards and writes songs. I play bass predominately and I also play three songs on this record on guitar. We all sing. Everybody writes. Everybody brings in a large amount of material. I dont think were one of those bands that can afford to lose a member. We wouldnt be a band anymore on any level, Colin told Contemporary Musicians.

The plan seems to have worked. In a review for the CDNow website, Paul Semel wrote that such tunes as Shes on Fire and Let It Roll boast just a few simple chords and rhythms, and yet are still solid and infectious. There are occasional variations in the formula; Hopeless, for example, finds Train adopting a stripped-down approach, while the title track finds it employing a sweeping string section and some piano in an impressive impersonation of Elton John.

Just as much as the band missed the road, the fans were yearning for a new record. It became obvious when the single, Drops of Jupiter, was sent to radio. There are a lot of people out there who had seen us in small clubs and bars and got to hang out and meet us. We have a really strong grassroots following. They were really eager for the record. Pat has a way of writing lyrics that are genuine and personal to him. When you listen, you can relate to it. They feel the same way. They kind of attach it to their lives, Colin told Contemporary Musicians.

Selected discography

Train (includes Meet Virginia), 1996; reissued, Aware/Red Ink/Columbia/Sony, 1998.

(Contributor) Aware 5: The Compilation, Aware, 1997.

(Contributor) Dawsons Creek Soundtrack Volume II, Columbia, 2000.

(Contributor) Stoned Immaculate (includes Light My Fire), Elektra, 2000.

Drops of Jupiter (includes Drops of Jupiter), Columbia/Sony, 2001.

Sources

Periodicals

Billboard, July 24, 1999, p. 79.

Entertainment Weekly, March 30, 2001, p. 68.

Guitar Player, August 2001, p. 39.

Variety, April 10, 2000, p. 79.

Online

Bill Graham Management, http://www.bgmsf.com (June 4, 2001).

Train, Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com (May 28, 2001).

Train, Sonicnet.com, http://www.sonicnet.com (May 28, 2001).

Train: Drops of Jupiter, CDNow.com, http://www.cdnow.com (May 29, 2001).

Additional information was provided by Columbia Records publicity materials, 1996 and 2001, and an interview with Charlie Colin on April 27, 2001.

Christina Fuoco

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Train

TRAIN

Formed: 1994, San Francisco, California

Members: Charlie Colin, bass (born 1976); Rob Hotchkiss, guitar (born Japan, 1960); Patrick Monahan, vocals (born Erie, Pennsylvania, 1969); Jimmy Stafford, guitar (born Morris, Illinois, 1964); Scott Underwood, drums (born Saratoga Springs, New York, 2 January 1971).

Genre: Rock

Best-selling album since 1990: Drops of Jupiter (2001)

Hit songs since 1990: "Meet Virginia," "Drops of Jupiter," "She's on Fire"


On the basis of two hugely successful singles, "Meet Virginia" and "Drops of Jupiter," Train became one of the more successful mainstream rock acts of the late 1990s, bringing a down-home, roots-based flavor to the genre.

Train has its origins in a chance meeting between singer Patrick Monahan and a Los Angeles band called the Apostles. Monahan had moved from his native Erie, Pennsylvania, to Los Angeles in the hopes of launching a musical career. In 1993, while in Los Angeles, Monahan became acquainted with the Apostles, which featured Rob Hotchkiss and Jimmy Stafford on guitar. When the Apostles broke up, Monahan and Hotchkiss formed a musical duo, performing acoustically in area coffeehouses.
The pair ultimately expanded their lineup to include Stafford as well as drummer Scott Underwood and bass player Charlie Colin; the new band dubbed itself Train and relocated to San Francisco.

Columbia Records expressed interest in the fledgling band, but opted to farm the group out to Aware Records, a smaller label on which the band could hone its craft. After signing with Aware, Train cut its teeth on the road, touring with high-profile acts such as Counting Crows, Blues Traveler, and Barenaked Ladies. In 1998 Aware Records released Train's self-titled debut album. The single "Meet Virginia" was a surprise hit. Its lyrics celebrate a woman who marches to the beat of her own drummer: "She doesn't own a dress / Her hair is always a mess / If you catch her stealin', she won't confess / She's beautiful." Musically, "Meet Virginia" bounces along jauntily to country-style guitarsan anomaly for mainstream radio. Nevertheless, the song reached the Top 10 on the Billboard singles charts and helped Train sell 1 million copies of its debut album.

As a result of its initial success, Train faced increased expectations. Columbia Records raised the bar higher when it elevated Train to its international label for the release of Drops of Jupiter (2001). The title track is reminiscent of the sound of 1970s arena-rock power ballads, featuring a lush string-based arrangement in conjunction with sprightly keyboards, all the while retaining the band's rollicking roots-rock style. The music builds to a crescendo for the anthem-like chorus: "Tell me did you sail across the sun / Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded / And that heaven is overrated." "Drops of Jupiter" was the fourth best-selling single on the Billboard charts for 2001 and pushed sales of the album past 3 million copies. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. Following in the footsteps of the Wallflowers and matchbox twenty, Train brought classic rock sounds back to the pop charts.

SELECTIVE DISCOGRAPHY:

Train (Aware, 1998); Drops of Jupiter (Columbia, 2001).

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train / trān/ • v. 1. [tr.] teach (a person or animal) a particular skill or type of behavior through practice and instruction over a period of time: the plan trains people for promotion| [tr.] the dogs are trained to sniff out illegal stowaways. ∎  [intr.] be taught in such a way: he trained as a classicist. ∎  [usu. as adj.] (trained) cause (a mental or physical faculty) to be sharp, discerning, or developed as a result of instruction or practice: an alert mind and trained eye give astute evaluations. ∎  cause (a plant) to grow in a particular direction or into a required shape: they trained roses over their houses. ∎  [intr.] undertake a course of exercise and diet in order to reach or maintain a high level of physical fitness, typically in preparation for participating in a specific sport or event: she trains three times a week. ∎  cause to undertake such a course of exercise: the horse was trained in Paris. ∎  [intr.] (train down) reduce one's weight through diet and exercise in order to be fit for a particular event: he trained down to heavyweight. 2. [tr.] (train something on) point or aim something, typically a gun or camera, at: the detective trained his gun on the side door. 3. [intr.] dated go by train: Charles trained to Chicago with Emily. 4. [tr.] archaic entice (someone) by offering pleasure or a reward. • n. 1. a series of railroad cars moved as a unit by a locomotive or by integral motors: a freight train the journey took two hours by train. 2. a succession of vehicles or pack animals traveling in the same direction: a camel train. ∎  a retinue of attendants accompanying an important person. ∎  a series of connected events: you may be setting in motion a train of events that will cause harm. ∎  a series of gears or other connected parts in machinery: a train of gears. 3. a long piece of material attached to the back of a formal dress or robe that trails along the ground. 4. a trail of gunpowder for firing an explosive charge. PHRASES: in train (of arrangements) well organized or in progress: an investigation is in train. in someone/something's train (or in the train of) following behind someone or something. ∎ fig. as a sequel or consequence: unemployment brings great difficulties in its train. train of thought the way in which someone reaches a conclusion; a line of reasoning: I failed to follow his train of thought.DERIVATIVES: train·a·bil·i·ty / ˌtrānəˈbilitē/ n. train·a·ble adj.

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Train

Train

a number of followers; a procession; a succession of things, persons, or animals.

Examples : camel train, 1884; funeral train; waggon train; train of admirers, 1711; of coaches, 1669; of consequences, 1871; of courtiers, of evils, 1721; of fortunate events, 1769; of wild geese, 1698; of hawks, 1698; of ideas, 1690; of listeners, 1875; of mourners, 1833; of reasoning, 1732; of happy sentiments; of suppositions or assertions, 1740; of good things, 1833; of thoughts; of waggons, 1829; of words; long train of lost causes, 1858.

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train tarrying, delay XIV; thing that drags or trails (first of the trailing part of a garment) XV; sequence or series; number of carriages, etc. coupled together XIX. — (O)F. train m., traine fem., f. OF. (orig.) trahiner, traïner, (mod. traîner) :- Rom. *tragināre, f. *tragere for L. trahere draw; the OF. vb. is the orig. source of
train vb. †draw, allure, etc. XV; instruct and discipline XVI.

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