January 15, 2010 § Leave a comment
Steel Train are another band who I had never heard of until recently. Then it became one of those situations where they were mentioned in several places in short succession. Fate!! Or at least that’s how I like to think of it, the great powers that be instructing me that I need to listen to this band. Anyway, however I came to hear them..I am grateful. As of today I have only listened to a handful of tracks but I know that as I delve further into their back catalogue I will become a bigger fan.
Applying labels to bands is never something that I have been good at (or enjoyed) and trying to apply a genre to Steel Train is not easily done. Whilst the band themselves may use the ‘rock’ tag, their songs lean more towards the ‘pop-rock’ genre. They even have a place in the emo/pop-punk scene, mainly due to their involvement with Drive-Thru Records (a relationship that came to an end in August 2009). Having said all that, I feel happy to go ahead and place the ‘fun’ label all over them – no pun intended (member Jack Antonoff is also a member of the band fun.). Tracks like ‘I Feel Weird’ and ‘Firecracker’ will simply make you feel great. Good melodies, good rhythms, and generally just good music. For me this is all heightened by the fact that they have garnered a reputation as being an awesome live band. Pretty Much Amazing (a blog which I read religiously) reviewed their recent gig at Maxwell’s in Hoboken (in their home state of New Jersey), saying that “every song is a stunner at a Steel Train concert”, and that the band put on “about as good of a concert as I’ve ever seen” (read the full review here). It seems that anyone who has been to a Steel Train gig says the same thing: it’s not just the songs, but the band’s attitude and the atmosphere that they create that makes them so great. They truly have fun at their shows and thoroughly enjoy playing music for their fans (and trying to convert non-fans). They have developed their style over several years of touring with bands such as The Shins, Silversun Pickups, Something Corporate, The Hush Sound..just to name a few.
The band are providing support for Tegan and Sara on their upcoming USA tour..how I wish I could make it to one of those shows. Tegan Quin is already a big fan of the band, and with songs and shows as good as theirs, I predict they will have MANY more fans over the months and years to come. They deserve it.
Steel Train’s latest album, Trampoline, is available now. They are currently recording their third full-length studio album which as of yet is untitled and has no release date.