The Alternative-Rock Pop-Rock band Train began in 1994 when vocalist Pat Monahan, an Erie, Pennsylvania-native, living in Los Angeles, met vocalist + guitarist Rob Hotchkiss. After moving to San Francisco, California USA and appearing in coffeehouses as an acoustic duo, they added guitarist Jim Stafford and bassist Charlie Colin, who was previously in an L.A. band with Hotchkiss; Scott Underwood came on board as drummer shortly afterward and Train was on the map.
Over the next two years, Train continued to tour and became a well-known
live-band in the Bay Area; opening slots for numerous national acts such
as Counting Crows, Hootie
& The Blowfish, Barenaked
Ladies and Cracker continued to expand
the band's following.
In 1996 they went to New York City to play a showcase date for Columbia Records; two years later the quintet released their self-titled debut album on Aware Records, a subsidiary of Columbia. The record started climbing The Billboard 200 Albums chart reaching #76 while the first single, "Free", peaked at #12 on The Mainstream Rock chart; its follow-up single, "Meet Virginia", reached #21 on the same chart, hit #15 on The Billboard Hot 100 and helped drive the album into platinum territory.
When Train's sophomore effort, "Drops Of Jupiter" arrived on March 27, 2001, its title-track was already a hit on several U.S. charts, it peaked at #5 on The Billboard Hot 100 spending a total of 53 weeks on the chart, the single also hit #11 on The Modern Rock chart and made an impressive impact on adult contemporary radio stations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean; the album crashed into the top 10 of The Billboard 200 with more than one million copies sold in the first three months; the second single off the CD, "Something More", was another top 20 hit on triple-A stations and "She's On Fire" became a Mainstream Rock top 40 hit. At the 44th annual Grammy ceremony the song "Drops Of Jupiter" won Best Rock Song for Train, as well as a Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for Paul Buckmaster.
Early in 2003, during the recording sessions of "My Private Nation",
Rob Hotchkiss left the band; the album, which was released in June and
like its predecessor it peaked at #6 on The Billboard Top 200 chart, contained
the single "Calling All Angels" which reached the #19 spot on
The Billboard Hot 100; in September of the same year bassist Charlie Colin
Train could be heard on the soundtrack for the movie "Spider-Man 2" with their Adult Top 40 hit single "Ordinary"; the track also became part of their first live concert CD, "Alive At Last", recorded in June 2004 and released in November, the set included one more newly-recorded studio track, "New Sensation".
The band's next offering, "For Me, It's You", showcased a revamped and revitalized line-up: founding core members Monahan, Stafford and Underwood were joined by bassist Johnny Colt, originally from The Black Crowes and Atlanta keyboardist Brandon Bush. The CD was released in early 2006 and peaked at #10 on The Billboard 200 chart producing two Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks, "Cab" and "Give Myself To You".
One year later, Pat Monahan, released a solo album entitled "Last Of Seven".
The California-based multi-platinum selling group returned to operate as a trio and in October 2009 unleashed "Save Me, San Francisco". The disc failed to enter the top 10 in U.S., however, it enjoyed a 95-week chart run in The Billboard 200 and produced a worldwide smash with "Hey, Soul Sister"; this sigle peaked at #3 on The Billboard Hot 100 and hit #1 in Australia and several European sales charts. "If It's Love" became the band's fourth #1 single on The Adult Pop Songs chart and was followed by the title-track, another triple-A top 10 radio hit.
In April 2012 Train released their sixth studio album, "California 37", which hit #4 on The Billboard 200 and the first single titled "Drive By" shot to #1 on Adult Contemporary chart.