Wire Train often spoke of how much they enjoyed going to Canada and rocking with the Canadians. That’s why you’ll find the members playing at Canadian online casinos.
What do you say to someone who used to be in a band called the Snot Puppies? What do you say to a band whose music has been likened to the Alarm and who talk about writing songs that are “based in reality” A band who have turned down offers of large sums of money for nude photographs of themselves and lots of free beer in exchange for endorsing well known brews, in the name of integrity? Never mind, lie down and take two Aspirins.
Wire Train are, however, more complex and more agreeable then the current crop of adjectives describing their attitudes and their tuneful rock would have you believe. The latest LP, Ten Women, features a handful of Waterboys and Mike Sharpe from the Alarm, and amongst their best friends are World Party and Thrashing Doves. Additional names that people have rubbed against them for size include U2 and the Clash, and sister CBS band the Bangles, whom they once supported on tour. All of which wholly belittles Wire Train’s own, sturdy, melodic sound.
“It will be nice when we have enough recognition to stop getting all these comparisons”, sighs singer and sole songwriter Kevin Hunter, his beaten leather jacket creaking against the sofa. “Are you going to say that were naive, intellectual hippies? Everyone else does…”
Kevin’s outspoken artiness, coupled with the bands harmonics, has had a few people crying out that their Californian roots are well and truly showing.
“Sure, we’re hippies. Coming from San Francisco how can we be anything else? Maybe passivity is where it’s at, I don’t want to be in synch with the reality of what’s going on out there – all those yuppies actively pursuing money. They’ll soon discover buying new hi-fis and driving a BMW won’t make them happy.”
“What will? Well, how about being loved? Maybe that’s more radical to say; after all, the way to be more revolutionary is to be different. That’s what we are – the quiet revolution.”
Isn’t it all a bit like, well, punk never happened?
Kevin: “Did it happen? The thing is, nobody should bother with trends or genres. You also have to be willing to be wrong about things – to hate something one day and like it the next”
Wire Train’s Ten Women is, they say, about “things which can be learned from women or maybe things about women – I dunno any more,” and add that all their songs like the current single Diving, are about “going through emotions – like love, hate, and fnding truth…” Although, as guitarist Jeff Trott admits, there are some influences that are slightly less esoteric.
“Yeah, The Hollow Song was written about an after gig party in Cincinnati, when I staggered back to the hotel drunk in minus 20 degrees, thinking the hotel was virtually next door and discovering it was five miles away, but somehow managing to walk straight there…”
And their music evaporates from more than just Wire Train’s pores – Kevin Hunter is so prolific, he even gives unused songs to CBS for other bands to record.
“Which other bands? I dunno, I try not to find out who took them. It can be a little cheesy. I think the Divinyls took one…
“You see, I don’t write songs for anyone specifically. I don’t say, ‘this is a Wire Train song’, I just write them and judge them as themselves. At the end of the day the song is written and it’s done, finished. It’s absurd when, say, a painter has to insist on the way his painting is hung on a wall. That’s just playing with yourself.”