Steamrolling the charts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s been nearly 20 years since pop rock band Train was founded.

In that time, the trio has become well-acquainted with hit songs that stay at the top of the charts.

The band is leading this summer’s “Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour” which also features The Script and Gavin DeGraw.

From its first hit, “Meet Virginia” to the latest singles, “Mermaid” and “Bruises,” Train is a band here to stay.

Drummer Scott Underwood says being able to make music and affect so many people has been a great opportunity for the band.

He says one of his favorite songs to perform is “Calling All Angels.”

“It was one that I helped to write and I’m very proud of it,” he says during a recent interview. “It’s great because so many people have come up to us and told us stories on how the song has affected them. It’s crazy how music connects with people.”

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Over the course of the band’s career, Underwood says its sound has gotten more upbeat and happy compared to the singles from the band’s early days. The band also includes Pat Monahan and Jimmy Stafford.

“I think it’s just that we grew up,” he says. “We were afraid of changing our sound and not ready to make the step. Once we did, a whole new world opened up for us and we’re just enjoying the ride.”

When it comes to writing, one would think that the trio has the recipe for success with songs. But it isn’t so.

Underwood says the band never really knows what it has until its release.

“We can tell if it’s something good or might be big,” he says. “But once they are out, that’s the true test. Sometimes the singles blow up and become huge hits, while other times, they aren’t. This business is a big gamble.”

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