Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
March 26, 2010
I know, I know. I was fooled as well. Steel Train is actually five young rockers made from skin and flesh. While the name may be misleading, these guys know how to play rock music and then some. Some may consider it a mix up of traditional rock or even punk music, but it has definitely been run through pop re-workings, keeping quirky songs like “I Feel Weird” stuck in your head.
More photos of Steel Train after the jump…
Daniel Silbert (guitar, backing vocals)
Evan Winiker (bass, backing vocals)
Jon Shiffman (drums, percussion)
The pretend punk rockers even jammed out to Queen’s “Under Pressure” respecting the original version and not making it too “pop”. They have a short six track album entitled 1969 featuring six well known songs like The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” in stylized but respectable cover variations. For that, I thank them.
Steel Train definitely knows how to end their set with a bang. Driving at full speed, Steel train shook the ground of the ballroom driving into the finale of “You & I Undercover” taking us back to the pure rock the group started their young career with. I’m not sure where Steel Train is going next, but I’m definitely on board (cue rim shot).
Jack Antonoff (vocals, guitar, piano, drums)
You could know: “Better Love” from their album Twilight Tales from the Prairies of the Sun. The song is about lead singer’s previous relationship with the one and only Scarlet Johansson.
You should know: “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” originally by The Beatles. Covered on the album 1969, a short EP covering Michael Jackson, David Bowie and more.
*Not photographed: Justin Huey (vocals, piano, wurlitzer)
Written by: Blake Russell
Photos by: Jennifer Boyer