Train Biography

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Patrick Monahan: Vocals, Percussion
Jimmy Stafford: Guitar, Vocals
Rob Hotchkiss: Guitar, Vocals
Scott Underwood: Drums
Charlie Colin: Bass

Train was formed in 1994 with the collective belief that if you write and perform great songs, people will listen. The band's self-titled debut album was produced by Train and Curtis Mathewson and mixed by Counting Crows guitarist David Bryson (with the exception of "If You Leave," which was produced and mixed by Matt Wallace). The album showcases the band's strong, honest songwriting, great musicianship and straightforward approach to music. Lead singer Patrick Monahan says, "The whole band is involved in the writing of the music. We inspire one another, in a very collaborative, mutual way."

The result is an album which ranges from the eccentric and flirtatious "Meet Virginia" to the serious and reflective "Blind." Patrick, who writes all the lyrics, goes on to say, "The inspiration comes from everywhere. It's not a single event that inspires me: a person might inspire me or maybe it's their personality. 'Meet Virginia' is about several people and 'Free' is about the difficult things, the grass-is-always-greener story."

The core of the band was created when Rob Hotchkiss, the former lead singer of a Los Angeles band called The Apostles, befriended Patrick. Patrick and Rob, armed with a guitar and two strong voices, started playing every cafe in San Francisco, sometimes two a night. Eventually, wanting to expand to a full band, the duo found three new members to complete the quintet: "We recruited Rob's former Apostles bandmates: Jimmy Stafford (lead guitar), and Charlie Colin (bass). Charlie introduced us to his friend Scott Underwood (drums), who rounded out the line-up."

Believing that hard work yields results, the newly-founded Train spent their first two years together writing, recording, and performing around San Francisco. The quintet has been rocking northern California ever since, playing everything from little-known venues across the state to major national venues opening for such diverse acts as the Counting Crows, Blues Traveler, Better Than Ezra, Cracker, the Barenaked Ladies, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and the Neville Brothers. The band recently sold out The Fillmore, San Francisco's most prestigious venue.

Train has been crisscrossing the country in support of their debut release, all in the hope of fulfilling the prophetic quote of J. Poet from the San Francisco Chronicle who says, "This Train is bound for glory." The broad appeal of Train's powerful songs and stage presence has generated a great deal of interest from both fans and the music industry in a short amount of time. The band says, "We enjoy the road. When you're on the road, you get that instant gratification. Every day, you get that 'hey you're great, keep doing this.' People scream and ask for your autograph. Those are the things we've been dreaming about since we were kids."

Since the release of Train on Aware/Columbia Records on February 24, 1998, the band has been picking up steam in a serious way. By December 1998, the album's sales had increased some 300% over its debut numbers and, as the band continues touring and their single, "Free" (featured on Fox Television's hit series "Party Of Five") generates coast-to-coast radio play, Train is moving to the tune of some 2,000 copies per week. In February 1999, Train began a series of tour dates with Better Than Ezra.

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SELLOUT | Reviewer: Mike | 12/15/13

Train's debut album was phenomenal, I am not exaggerating when I say I have listened to it every day for the last two months. My favorite song is actually "If You Leave," but I am very sad I can't find a live version of it anywhere. I loved the whole album "Drops of Jupiter," too, but after that Train began down the dissapointing road many good bands have had the misfortune of going down: trying to sell out. It pains me to listen to their latest album, especially after how awesome their debut was.

"They're" on Fire | Reviewer: Trainiac | 1/5/13

Train has been a great band from the start! I have been listening to their music since I can remember and I have always been drawn to Pat Monahan's voice and style! I hope that they will continue to wow me with their wonderful music!

We Were Made For This - Correction | Reviewer: Candy | 9/24/12

I love Train and I sent in a review yesterday, unfortunately I was still on pain medication from the surgery I had 4 days ago and I said that on Train's latest CD, California 37 (which is great) that my favorite song is You were made for me, and what I MEANT TO SAY WAS, "We Were Made For This". If you have not heard it already, you should definitely check it out. The whole CD is really good. As I said in my previous review, I am a Train fan for life and I would not want to due them the injustice of not knowing their songs or passing along the correct information. Sorry for the mess up! I am going to go listed to my Train CD now. Everybody have a great one!

You Were Meant For Me | Reviewer: Candy | 9/23/12

I love Train and Patrick Monahan!!! I just listened to their new CD, California 37, and it is great. You have to listen to "You Were Meant For Me", it's my favorite song on the CD. My favorite song of all time is Calling All Angels and second would be Drops of Jupiter, although with Train it really doesn't matter which song you listen to, as they are all great!! I can never get enough Train and Patrick (he seems like an awesome person and his voice is the best!) There is nothing better than putting your headphones on, closing your eyes and listening (or singing along) with Train. Train, please keep the music coming, as it makes every day better. I'm a Train fan for life.

Just Wondering? | Reviewer: Stella | 11/12/11

I just was wondering where Train was today in 2011? I enjoyed "Hey Soul Sister" and wonder what was the inspiration for this song? Just wondering if anyone in the group was in a relationship with a black partner or married to a black individual? Just asking...?

Train in Las Vegas at Cisco | Reviewer: Terry | 7/13/11

The band was excellent! I've listened to their hits periodically but never really counted them as a favorite until now. Patrick and the crew performed a very authentic version of "Ramble On" from Led Zeppelin which was quite enjoyable but all their songs were very good. They were personable and friendly. I really enjoyed them so now I will be buying their music.

TRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/3/10

Ilove Train, I have listened to their songs for as long as I can remember( my memory is not very good ) Train is awesome if you dont like then I dont know what is wrong with you, cuz there is nothing to not like about Train!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TRAIN | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/26/10

OMG I love Train their awesome I can't decide what song is my favorite but if I had to choose it would be hey soul sister. I knew the song before I knew Train once my friend showed me hey soul sister I was hooked on Train. I'm adicted to them I can't stop listening to them. And I want to thank my friend for showing me Train.

The Train has arrived... | Reviewer: Monica | 9/18/10

I just saw Train September 16th in Spokane.
Pat has amazing stage presence and what a voice!
He pulls the crowd in. I loved it when he walked among the audience. My daughter shook his hand as he walked by where we were sitting on the end of the isle. Nice backup voices too.
My favs are Drops of Jupiter, the military song (not sure of name) was close to my heart as my brother is in the Middle East right now. Thank you for that song... and of course my absolute favorite is, you guessed it: If It's Love...great song. Phenomenal concert!!!

Live Train | Reviewer: New On Board | 7/19/10

Just saw Train live at the Pacific Amp. in Orange County--OMG!!! Non-stop music and showman-ship! Pat is awesome incorporating the audience into the show! What was even better was that the show was sold out --10,500--the largest show at the P.A. in ages! Very cool! We will definitely board the Train ride again in the future!

:) | Reviewer: Kate | 2/7/10

I love trian!
I love the song on spiderman 2! I remember when i first heard that song I couldnt stop listening to it! I got hooked! and now there new song soul sister! wholy cow! haha! they have a great tone and there a wondeful band thats worth listening to! i love listening to them! they know how to make me happy when Im sad! They rock!!! lol haha
:) (:

Alive | Reviewer: | 10/6/08

I loved the whole Train: Alive At Last Album. If you are a Train fan you must get it. It is both uplifting and inspiring. My best friend purchased the album for me and I enjoyed it the first time I heard it.

Amazing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/31/08

Train is amazing. Like the person who reviewed this before me, Drops of Jupiter is my favorite song. It is seriously amazing!!! I love the sound of it and I don't think I can ever listen to it too many times!!

Train | Reviewer: *Anonymous* | 7/4/04

Ever since i first heard Drops of Jupiter, i couldn't forget the rocky yet soulful sound of Train. The depth and emotion of the song really touched a place in my heart no song had before and instantly i loved it. Ordinary is also a favourite of mine (can be found on the Spiderman 2 OST) with its more rocky tone and angry yet emotional lyrics.

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