Slowtrain

Slowtrain

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandRockAmericana

Slowtrain is a six-piece band from Austin, Texas, driven by strong musicianship, stage presence and songwriting, mining the deep veins of American rock and soul once worked by the likes of Dylan, The Band and Van Morrison - emerging with songs at once familiar and altogether new.

Biography

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Slowtrain's 2011 release received heavy regional airplay in Austin on KGSR, KLBJ, and KUT (top 25 artists played for three months running on KUT). Nationally, they've had songs featured on Sons Of Anarchy, EarthSky, and two feature films currently in production.

On the heels of a very successful SXSW showcase in 2012, Slowtrain partnered with producer Danny Reisch (Producer Of The Year, 2011 Austin Music Awards) known for his work with bands such as Bright Light Social Hour and What Made Milwaukee Famous. Danny and Slowtrain are now in the mixing stages of a brand new LP set to be completed in January of 2013.

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In the scant six months since the release of "Bound To Find You Out" Slowtrain has been racking up accolades and advocates, including heavy airplay on one of the country's most influential radio stations, KUT, and a wildly successful residency at one of Austin's most revered venues, The Continental Club, which has translated into regular appearances there.

Their song "Just Like Cheever" was recently picked to be included in the Bedrock Compilation alongside bands like Los Lonely Boys, Band of Heathens and Explosions in The Sky, and the band was invited to headline KUT's Cactus Cafe on October 22nd and to play with the likes of Jon Dee Graham and Guy Forsyth.

Songs from "Bound To Find You Out" have already received airplay on KUT, KGSR and KLBJ and the band has been invited to perform on KXAN, KEYE, KVUE, KUT's Texas Music Matters with David Brown and in Studio 1A with Jody Denberg.

The band has recently signed with Fifth Column (Guy Forsyth, Trish Murphy, Lions), an Austin-based Artist Development company, and is represented by Hard Pressed Publicity (Ian McLagan, Intimate Stranger, Michael Fracasso) and have recently signed a licensing deal with Frog Music Licensing (Octopus Project, Cowboy & Indian, Sahara Smith).

On to the bio:

Some bands form as an epiphany. A few musicians come together and suddenly POW!, they’re a band. Most good bands, though, are formed over time – shaped by the wind and the rain and, in Texas at least, the glaring sun.

“Slowtrain has had an evolving line-up for many years now,” says band leader and songwriter Adoniram (Adun-irum) Lipton, the driving force behind the band. “I’ve always had a problem with solo artists who give themselves a band name even though it’s just them, so let’s be clear: this isn’t some Bright Eyes thing. More like The Jayhawks. And the line-up we’ve got now is the best ever, incidentally, and rock-solid. Anywhere we go from here, we’re going together. We are a band, pure and simple.”

And the evolution of Slowtrain was anything but accidental. A few years ago, Adoniram looked at the embarrassment of riches that is the Austin music scene and decided that he didn’t know nearly as many musicians as he should. So, true to form, he set about fixing that. He set-up a makeshift rehearsal space at his house and began inviting people back for impromptu jam sessions after Austin’s regular venues had closed shop for the night.

Though born from a love of music and fellow musicians, it turns out that this is a fantastic way to find exactly the right people if you happen to be forming a band. It’s also a great way to hone your craft, and explains why Slowtrain is so highly regarded by Austin musicians, and why Adoniram has played and recorded with such a wide array of bands, including the Black, The Shine Brothers, Radar Radar, A Few Nice Things, Mike And The Moonpies, Hilary York, and Mike Kingcaid – to name just a few.

The songs on Bound To Find You Out were heavily influenced by Adoniram’s interest in the style of bluesman Son House – subtly manipulating phrasings to impact meaning, a theme that flows throughout the record, both musically and lyrically. “Obviously, The Band and Dylan have been influences of mine. The first CD I ever bought was Dylan’s Greatest Hits 2, and I’ve loved Joe Cocker’s “With A Little Help” album. I still listen to that record from start to finish all the time. And I think Muddy Waters had the best rock and roll band ever.”

Much like the band itself, their new album Bound To Find You Out has traveled an interesting road from inception to landing in the hands of their ever-growing fanbase. The basic tracks were cut live in the studio in San Marco’s famed Fire Station studios, highlighted by eight consecutive days of 14-hour sessions in order to capture the crackling energy of their live shows. Lipton and guitarist Andy Keating then retreated to a borrowed house in the Texas hill country, set-up some recording equipment, and began fleshing out the recording – it was here that the swirling organ and layered guitars that give the record it’s distinctive sound were added. The rough mixes of the album drew the attention of producer Mark Addison (Ian Moore, Guy Forsyth, Sara Hickman – and many, many more), who offered the band his time a

Discography

Ghosts Inside This Hotel (Spring, 2013)
Bound To Find You Out (2011)