Jay Trainer

Jay Trainer

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Combining groove-laden soulful riffs and brutally honest lyrics, singer/songwriter Jay Trainer draws on many influences in funk, rock, blues, and psychedelia. Trainer’s music pulls from his roots: Classic songwriters, blues revivalists, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band.

Biography

Jay Trainer combines thick, prolific guitar riffs and stark lyricism, while drawing on the traditions of funk, rock, blues, and psychedelia to craft a modern classic. The singer/songwriter possesses a unique ability to effortlessly negotiate tone and volume, moving from a quiet, almost jazzy tone to a booming thunder at any given moment. The effect calls to mind the masters of several genres of rock music.

To achieve this, Trainer pulls from his roots: blues revivalists, folksy protest songs, classic songwriters and classic rockers like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers Band. But the aspect that grabs both music lovers and critics is the additional elements ranging from the likes of Jeff Beck to Jeff Buckley. His unique combination of genre-defying compositions and free-form jams have been causing a stir in the local Bay Area scene.

Having shared the stage with national acts including North Mississippi All Stars, legendary guitarist Dickey Betts, Robert Walter's 20th Congress (founding member of The Greyboy Allstars), Eric McFadden (former touring member of George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars), Cowboy Mouth and Vinyl, Jay Trainer has created a new foothold in the West Coast music scene with a rare combination of infectious backbeats and guitar driven grooves.

The live show is what Trainer is known for. His performances are raw, personal and uninhibited. It is clear from his latest EP, simply titled Jay Trainer Band, that he has brought this same energy to the studio. Tracks like "Miss You Well" and "As The World Burns Down" capture the emotion and expression of his live performance. Tracks like "Maybe I'm Wrong" and "Run" show Trainer's ability to use the studio like an additional member of the band. A veteran of countless recording sessions, his "get it in the first take" approach has paid off and is bringing back a great sense of honesty to Rock 'n' Roll.

Lyrics

Better To Breathe

Written By: Jay Trainer

if I can't get out of bed
and I'm stuck here in my head
and I fear all
I should know better
I won't live - much longer this way

she says

breathe in and breathe out
you can find up in the down
go on breathe in and breathe out
find up in the down
breathe in and breathe

to live or to fail
am i too sick here in bed
maybe I wont say love tomorrow
maybe, who'll say but tomorrow

think I'll
breathe in and breathe out
you can find up in the down
breathe in and breathe out
breathe in and breathe out
breathe in and breathe

go on
breathe in and breathe out
you can find up in the down
breathe in and breathe out

go on
breathe in and breathe out
you can find up in the down
breathe in and breathe

Ever More

Written By: Jay Trainer

I see you moving
You show me to the door
Back to the night
I could've given more

Feeling hollow
I feel no soul
Together walking
Could've given more

Well ever more see this
Closing door and I want Ever more
I see it close and I watch it go and I
Want ever more

You wonder
Is he all sold out
To see this loved one
You don't know at all

Give him time and
Give him shelter
Flesh and blood
Could of given more

Well ever more I say
I find it so hard
I want ever more, and I
Well ever more says I
So many more times I
Want ever more

Ever more
Ever more
Ever more

Of The Sun

Written By: Jay Trainer

I'm still alive
But barely breathing
Obsessed with self
For all the wrong reasons

But now I see

We all are one
We're of the same sun
We're of the same
Sun, sun, sun, sun
We're of the same, same, same sun

We blacken the sky
And wonder why
There's no air for breathing
And that's poisoned thinking

But after time

We all are one
We're of the same sun
We're of the same
Sun, sun, sun, sun
We're of the same, same, same sun

I'm still alive
But barely breathing

Tom Smith Program

Written By: Jay Trainer

Well holla for, holla for more
holla for more and more
well holla for me and holla for mine
like every good junky all i ever want
is more and more and more

well holla for me and holla for mine
like every good junky all i ever want
is more and more for my mind
for my mind oh, for my mind oh

well holla for me and holla for mine
do away with names
i really haven't got much time
well people think they know you
they really shouldn't try
we know that one day
we're only gonna see them cry

my drug of choice
she's got long dark hair and i say
forgive me darling
i do not mean to stare

my drug of choice
she's got long dark hair and i say
forgive me darling
i do not mean to stare

well holla for me and holla for mine
like every good junky all i ever want
is more and more for my mind
more and more for my mind

your deepest secrets darling
they too are mine
like every one of us from here
til the end of time

Run

Written By: Jay Trainer

Run

I’m trying to see again
That old faded friend
Like you wanted to
And all the sex you see
The fuck that isn’t me
And how it twists inside of you

Oh please won’t you run
Run, won’t you run with
Said please won’t you run
Please won’t you run with me

How bout a little honesty
The time just fades away
And he doesn’t give a damn about you
We can up and move with the wind
Forget all of this talk of sin
These fears will not define you

Please won’t you run away
Run, won’t you run with
Said please won’t you run with me

And the wall divides the man
The wall defines the way
Now think again
We’re not the same
You’ll never know
Just how I feel

Please won’t you run with
Please won’t you run with me

Please won’t you run
So run, won’t you run with
Said please won’t you run with me

While The World Burns Down

Written By: Jay Trainer

Well I think if truth be told
You’d rather fight than go
There is no life worth gold
Stand and find your soul
But I cannot say
Is while the world burns down
Why are you walking away

This is all you see I know
But you can't take it with you when you go
This life’s lessons of old
These things I have been shown
But what I cannot say
As the world Burns down
Why are you walking away

They’ve taken all they need
Ignored our warnings indeed
They strike the match to see
The fires rage in our streets
But what I cannot say
Is as the world Burns down
You see them walking away
As the world Burns down
You see them walking away

My Wide Open Eyes

Written By: Jay Trainer

I’ve been away; it’s been a while
Really shouldn’t have to ask me why
If you really knew me you
Wouldn’t have to ask me why

Nothing ventured, nothing gained
I understand but what remains?
You did it right in front of my

Eyes, my eyes, my
You did it right in front of my
Wide open

Random is this point in time
Commence the warfare in my mind
Please don’t watch, can’t turn away
Bare and raw and drenched in pain

Nothing ventured, nothing gained
But then again nothing remains
You did it right in front of my

Eyes, my eyes, my
You did it right in front of my
Wide open
Eyes, my eyes, my
You did it right in front of my
Wide open

You say, you were
You were here only for my mind
Now if you could touch anything of mine
Would you choose my body or my
Body or my, my body or my mind?

I loved you, loved you with these
Wide open
I loved you, I love you
I loved you with these
Wide open eyes, my eyes, my
I loved you with these wide open eyes

Everything We Never Said

Written By: Jay Trainer

I'm cold and running, I'm cold and running away
Still we wage that war, still we rage war
Cold and running, I'm cold and running away
Cold and I'm thinking of everything we never said
I'm cold and shiver as we tow your body away
Still we wage that war, still we rage
And you'll never change my love
Oh thinking that it's all yours
How it's all yours, oh it's all mine
Cold and running, I'm cold and running away
Cold and I'm thinking of everything we never said
And yet we wage that war, oh yes we rage war
We still we rage that war, to no end
No more, no more, no more, no more
No war

Discography

LPs: Alive In A Small Room, The Waking Hours, Of The Sun
EPs: Touch To Feel, My Wide Open Eyes

Set List

Set One - 45 min.
1. Tinseltown
2. Stand Still
3. Whipping Post (Allman Brothers Cover)
4. Tiny Chinese
5. Pride St. (no bass/drums)
6. Dry Rum Road
7. Fractured
8. August Brings
9. Voodoo Child (Hendrix Cover)

Set Two - 55 min.
1. The Package (A Perfect Circle Cover)
2. A Knight, Death and the Devil
3. Pittsburgh
4. One Way
5. Wrong
6. Red Sun In The City
7. Sun Down
8. I Cant Quit You Baby (Led Zeppelin Cover)
9. Maybe Off To Wonder