STEEL TRAIN

Interview by Natalie K.
June 14, 2008
www.steeltrain.net

Estrella: For the record can you please state your name and what you do in the band?
Evan: I am Evan and I play bass in Steel Train.
Jack: I’m Jack, I play guitar and sing.

Estrella: How has Bonnaroo been so far?
Jack: Awesome.
Evan: Amazing.
Estrella: What bands have you checked out?
Evan: Good question lets go back and forth here…
Jack: Tegan and Sara.
Evan: My Morning Jacket.
Jack: Rilo Kiley.
Evan: Metallica, John Mulaney.
Jack: Jessie Baylin.
Evan: Ah, I don’t remember the rest.

Estrella: Have you guys done any activities here, or have you just checked out the music?
Evan: Played baseball, went to all of the free artist stuff which is so cool.
Jack: We have been eating a lot.

Estrella: How’s the tour with the Spill Canvas going so far?
Evan: Actually, really well. Those guys are unbelievable. There is no ego in the band.
Jack: We are always shocked at the different kind of bands we can play with and how it works.
Estrella: Have any shows stuck out in particular?
Evan: Specifically, The Metro was a great show. Irving Plaza was a great show.
Jack: It is pretty much on point every night with great crowds and great responses.

Estrella: What’s the tour plans for after the Spill Canvas tour?
Evan: Two days off then we go right to tour with The Hush Sound.
Jack: Then Lollapalooza, then we headline in October.
Estrella: Do you know who is going to be supporting?
Jack: Not yet, we are talking to a bunch of different ones.
Estrella: Any band you would want in particular?
Evan: Dear in the Headlights.

Estrella: What was the recording process like for the Trampoline album?
Jake: It was just me and Evan out there, it was really incredible because it wasn’t a lot of bullshit. We did not have too many people there and were not worried about being democratic; we were just worried about making the best record. We were able to rock and do that.

Estrella: Were there any major difference between Trampoline and the previous one?
Jake: They are different in everyway. This record is the record we have been trying to make since we started the band, but have not had the ability to do it before.
Estrella: Why could you not do it before?
Jake: We couldn’t do it for many reasons. We were scared to make this record, we were probably not good enough, but now we are finally in that place.

Estrella: What is one song that you never get sick of hearing?
Jake: Tegan and Sara “Call it Off”.

Estrella: What is one of your favorite lines in one of your songs?
Jake: “Dream a dream she looks like Madonna.”
Estrella: What song is that from?
Jake: From a song called ‘A Magazine’.

Estrella: What is something you have always wanted to do, but have not done yet?
Evan: I would love to go hang gliding but I am a little afraid I might fall.
Jake: That would be really scary, but I am going to say hang gliding also.

Estrella: If you could see any band or artist perform any song live what would it be and why?
Evan: I would love to see CSNY (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) in the 60’s but not now. I would love to see them perform, “Helplessly Hoping”.
Estrella: Why?
Evan: It is a beautiful song full of harmony and I would love to see it pulled off with them.
Jake: I would love to see Madonna sing “Like and Prayer”.
Estrella: Why?
Jake: It is the greatest song ever.

Estrella: Do you have any final comments?
Evan: We love Chicago.
Jake: And we love you.
Evan: And we love you.
Jake: And we love Bonnaroo.

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