Interview: The Railway Club

Posted on July 2, 2012


Just because The Railway Club haven’t played since October doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy. In fact, aside from other musical projects (two of their members feature in North East favourites The Union Choir), they’ve largely been sequestered away recording their debut album, the first to be released by Tiny Lights.

That landmark is still a little ways down the road however and for now they’re concentrating on releasing their debut single: “Its a song called Broken Strings,” Explains guitarist/singer/songwriter Martin Trollope, “it’s been knocking around for ages but we’ve finally recorded a version that we like”

This new, definitive version of Broken Strings is available from July 9th but is being launched at the Cluny 2 on July 6th and will see The Railway Club supported by Natasha Haws and more talent than you can shake a guitar at (quick note, we do not encourage the waving of musical instruments. We don’t discourage it either but use your common sense).

Things are going well then, and in a relatively short space of time too, but it wasn’t long ago that Martin turned his solo project, rainfalldown, into a band with long time members Garrick and Milburn and even less time since they hired a few new members and changed their name to The Railway Club. “The foundations for what The Railway Club do were there in rainfalldown but it got a bit stale. Grant and Glenn came in and then Carmen and it got better, we felt like a completely different band so we thought it made sense to change the name and start again.”

“It was useful to step away from it. We did a lot of gigs where we probably had a bit of a reputation as getting pissed and playing which probably isn’t the best reputation to have. I think we’re probably going to avoid getting too pissed because we want to do the songs justice.”

Since stepping away from his long-term recording name, and presumably the bar, this new incarnation of the band have been increasingly involved in interesting endeavours such as Split Transmission and Split festival but there have also been changes in the band dynamic, “We used to go, here’s a song, everyone play it, that’s the song. Now its a case of its much more thought out. We’re like ‘Does it really need five instruments at the same time in this quiet bit? No it’s a quiet bit’ There’s some without drums, its madness.”

“The song writing is still just me but the arrangement process is pretty much everyone which is nice. There’s a lot of compromise and there can occasionally be arguments but nothing massive. I have my ideas shot down too which is nice. Its not a dictatorship. If everyone else disagrees I’ll go with them because I’m not a horrible person. Yet.”

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