The R Train is known to be a symbol of a journey through Rock and Roll, much like the R Train of New York, their namesake, is a journey through New York City. The three piece band creates their own version of Rock and Roll taking inspiration from artists throughout the genre, from Tom Petty and the Beatles to Black Sabbath and Rush with an overall Queen feeling. Their newest single, “Rock On,” which is out today, August 13, is by far their most classical Rock and Roll piece yet.
“Rock On” sounds like what one would expect a Rock and Roll song to sound like. It has a beat that makes you want to bob your head and a guitar that urges you to feel the music. The chorus hook of “rock on” is exactly what we look for in rock because you can easily sing along to it. It’s a harkening to Van Halen and Pink Floyd with the unique R Train sound we have come to recognize and love. It’s simple and a return to classic rock, which is exactly what makes the song so special. It’s familiar and comforting and we just want to listen on repeat.“Rock On” is a Rock Anthem for the adventurous that urges a continuing good time and uplifting spirit. It proposes going for the “big brass ring” of total success at whatever you love to do, and sipping the forbidden wine that hooks you onto that journey. After a little taste, inevitably and unknowingly you want more and more. By the same token, it’s a warning that once you’ve tasted it, you are hooked. It is a trip down the rabbit hole into the matrix world of endless amusement and musical gratification. “Rock On” is a Psychedelic Trip into a world of sensual, audible, visual, and tactile pleasure. It’s a vocal-chant, hook, and groove that pulls you away from the stress and frustrations of life into a hallucination of pulsating excitement and peace at the same time. It was created to explain the trip that The R Train Band is on.
The R Train is an American Rock Band hailing from Brooklyn NY, with tracks leading down into South Florida. The band consists of vocalist guitarist Jeffrey Black, drummer vocalist Mike Annese, and bassist harmony Denny Lee. Formed in early 2019 by members Black and Annese, the band’s name came about while traveling on the New York Subway, the R Train. They were taking the train from Bay Ridge Brooklyn to Manhattan, to master a couple of tracks at Battery Studios, also known as the legendary “Record Plant” at 321 44th St. The Plant, as it is known today, is home to some of the greatest recordings of all time – from the likes of John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, Kiss, and countless other greats. As the train swayed back and forth, the two thought, “we are in the greatest city in the world, traveling on the ride of a lifetime,” it was at that moment “The R Train Band” was born.