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Saturday 31 January 2015

Monahan: Train's not about the fame

Train singer Pat Monahan isn't bothered about being famous
Train singer Pat Monahan isn't bothered about being famous

Train singer Pat Monahan says not being a household name is a good thing.

His track Hey, Soul Sister has been all over the airwaves, but Pat and fellow band members Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood enjoy relative anonymity when they're out and about.

"Being under the radar as a celebrity isn't the worst thing that can happen to you. I think that maybe that's the reason for the longevity," Pat admitted.

"For a long time I was disappointed about it. It was like, 'How come I can't get on Us Weekly, how come we're not on the cover of Rolling Stone? What did we do wrong?' But now I think that we just don't care like that. That's not why we started this," he added.

"So we're learning how to have a lot of fun with it and keeping in mind that thinking about celebrity is thinking about the wrong thing. Thinking about the music is thinking about the future."

The group is nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals next month, for a live version of Hey, Soul Sister.

"Even in other countries where they don't speak English, that song has been very successful," said Train guitarist Jimmy.

"I attribute it to the melody, some really catchy hooks ... the ukulele is (also) a really unique sound that people just seem to be drawn to."

The band - who formed back in 1994 - are hoping to build on the song's success as they work on their next record, collaborating with R&B hitmaker Dallas Austin on some preliminary tracks.

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