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Train: Anatomy of a comeback

Lead singer Pat Monahan on their latest single ”Hey, Soul Sister” and the band’s resurgence

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1. The Slump
After dominating radio with 2001’s ”Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and 2003’s ”Calling All Angels,” Train struggled to find another smash. ”We all lost touch with how fun it is to be us,” says Monahan. ”When you aim to have a hit and then you don’t, you feel like you’ve failed.”

2. The Hiatus
After 2006’s For Me, It’s You sold just 277,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), the band took a three-year break. ”I made a solo record [2007’s Last of Seven],” says Monahan (that album didn’t take off either). ”I needed to get that done in my life. Plus, I needed a break from this group.”

3. Back on Track
The band’s latest CD, Save Me, San Francisco, came out in October to little fanfare. Then ”Hey, Soul Sister” got a boost when the group performed it on CSI: NY in December, and soon it was soaring. ”All I know is that we decided to make music that we loved and made us feel good as opposed to sounding like a hit.”

4. Next Stop
Train are touring through August, and Monahan hopes to drop another single (most likely ”If It’s Love” or the title track) soon. And if it’s not a hit? ”I definitely enjoy having something on the radio,” he says. ”I have to be careful, though. Money does not transfer into happiness.”