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Heather talks to Mindi about the band, their music and the best of times.
A pop rock/alt rock band formed in 1993, they self-released their debut eponymous album in 1998 after failing to sign a record deal. Train has since released 6 studio albums and sold over 10 million albums and 30 million tracks worldwide.
Train believes in philanthropy. The band has a brand of Chocolate and Wine called Save Me San Francisco. The proceeds from sales go to support Family House, a home away from home for families whose children are seriously ill and receiving medical treatment.
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Members and Instruments: Pat Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (lead guitar), Jerry Becker (rhythm guitar and piano), Hector Maldonado (bass), Drew Shoals (drums), Nikita Houston (backing vocals) and Sakai Smith (backing vocals)
Best Song In Our Opinion: Soul Sister
Connection to The Script: The Summer of 2013 The Script, on their #3 tour, supported Train in the US. In addition, the lads from The Script joined lead singer Pat Monahan on one of his podcasts (called Patcasts). You can watch it, here.
Her love of music shines as brightly as her personality. She’s the quintessential band girl: effervescent, bubbly, and great to gig with. I first met Mindi when we flew across the country to see The Script together; she from the west coast, me from the east coast, and we met in the middle in Chicago and St. Louis. While she loves almost all good music, no band has quite captured her heart so completely as Train.
I was fortunate enough to sit down with Mindi, and get her take on Train, their music, and some awesome intel.
This might be the toughest question of all! Only 5 songs? Lol. This is so hard!
Let’s see… I would say:
For me, it’s you
Underneath the Dogwood Tree (the Wildflower song)
Give It All
Get to me
Save me San Francisco
And I’m sorry, I’m adding 3 more, I have to!
You can finally meet my mom
I’m about to come alive
All American Girl
You have a necklace that’s very important to you. Can you share it’s significance?
Yes, the necklace that my friend and I were wearing while we were on The Script tour circuit. It is a necklace with a key on it. This necklace was sold on the Picasso at the wheel tour last summer. Proceeds from this necklace went to this amazing charity organization that Train is a part of called Family House in San Francisco. One side of the key says ‘Train’ and the other side of the key says ‘Family.’
Which is pretty accurate.
We are a family. And for some of us, like myself, it’s really the only family I have. I’m tearing up as I write this.
That’s what the necklace means to me, it not only represents the band, but the people from all over the world that I’m blessed to have met and that are now a huge part of my life. We are with each other not only at shows, but there for each other in life’s up’s and down’s. Through the loss of jobs, loved ones, the birth of children, the relationships and even marriages, the “hey, how are you, just checking in with you” messages, the spending holidays together, and vacations on cruise ship.
These people are my family, due to Train. I never would have thought that any of this could happen because of band. But it has and I am forever grateful.
What’s Coming Next: Train is currently on a mini-tour of the US. You can find upcoming tour dates and purchase tickets, here.
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Thanks for sharing your experiences with Train with us! It was a great read. I love the song Soul Sister and am interested to explore more of their music. They sound like a fabulous bunch of people who have profound effects on others, especially through their philanthropy, which to me is always impressive.
Michele at Angels Bark
Great! Lots of information on Train here. I loved the video, it was fun and unusual. Now I’m in the mood for a visit to San Fran!
Nice to see them supporting charitable organizations. I’ll have to check them out – seems like an interesting band.