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The band which features original members (bassist Evan
Winiker and keyboardist Scott Irby) as well as two new arrivals (guitarist
Daniel Silbert and drummer Jon Shiffman) had the chance to develop the new
material naturally on the road before heading into the studio, giving them the
opportunity to see what songs stood up live that a studio may or may not bring
to life. As well, Antonoff recorded demo after demo in his
In late May of '07, the group entered the studio in Eagle
The end result is a rare, wonderfully layered and versatile album that reveals the uplifting, self-medicating message of an emerging songwriter as well as the solidarity of a focused rock unit - a record that introduces fans to a fuller sound and rich complexity only hinted at in the band's earlier work. Trampoline is a bold departure from the band's past excursions, and showcases a new Steel Train, musically and philosophically.