Rising Rock Band LTrain Has Our Attention
In the heart of New York City, rock band LTrain has been creating music that reflects realities while simultaneously motivating listeners to break free from their stresses and let loose. Co-founded by guitarist Gabriel Castellar and vocalist Cystalla Gonzalez, the band now also includes Tris Green on drums. LTrain brings a unique sound to the table that is sure to bring out your inner spirit animal.
The band has been connecting with fans all over the world with their newest single release "Viral Spiral" and currently have more than 200K streams on YouTube. "Viral Spiral" follows LTrain’s Can’t Pay Bills EP, which was released in 2014 and included the song “The Rent Is Still Too Damn High,” the video for which featured the much parodied 2010 gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan!
The majority of the themes in LTrain’s music transcend from New York City and shares the experience of what it's like to exist in a city that never stops. The new single reflects on what life is like working as a New Yorker. The song is super relatable, no matter which big city you're in, there's always a hustle happening. "Viral Spiral" allows you to take a break for just a moment and get lost in a self-brewing mind journey of instruments and vocals you can't get enough of.
The track is very angsty throughout and features heavy buildups. When it reaches its peak, be ready to let loose and start dancing with moves you didn't know you had! All together a gritty and heart pounding track that will be easily adaptable to those who enjoy some driving grit to their playlist. The band’s essence is well established by their distinctive sound and fierce attitude. We can't wait to follow this bands success through the music industry.
Listen to "Viral Spiral' here and get to know LTrain in our interview with the band below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
G - Gabriel here from the band LTrain. We are excited to be interviewed by Buzz Music! We are Funk/Punk Rock band from NYC. We love to rock out while representing our city to the fullest. NYC is a place where many cultures meet and collaborate. It is The Melting Pot of the World.
C - Crystalla here, the lead singer of the band, LTrain. We’re so excited to be interviewed!
Can you give us a brief history of your bands career?
G - I spent my teen years growing up in Ridgewood, Queens NYC. I grew up a few blocks away from the Myrtle/Wycoff station. The LTrain was my connection to the rest of NYC. I went to High School in Astoria, Queens, where I met Crystalla. Sometimes on my way to school I’d run through Union Square and watch all the different buskers that would perform on the platform. Crystalla and I eventually began to busk at Union Sqaure ourselves, so, we just ended up calling our band, LTrain. A Train which passes through communities that continue to inspire our music.
C - I’m so proud of our YouTube channel right now. We look forward to producing more content on our channel in 2019 I cannot stress how important YouTube is. It helped me get noticed by the producers on American Idol. Back in 2014, We were featured in a documentary from Germany called New York, New York: The Music City. This year we even had the opportunity to be interviewed by Greg Mocker on Pix11 News and were featured on NY1! (NYC’s Largest News Station). One of my favorite memories was performing at Rock & Rawhide’s annual event at iHeart Radio theater in 2017. We performed on the same bill as Charlie Puth and heard his song, Attention, before it was even a hit.
How did you guys come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
G - I spent my teen years growing up in Ridgewood, Queens NYC. I grew up a few blocks away from the Myrtle/Wycoff station. I would take the train to travel all around NYC. I went to high school in Astoria, Queens where I met Crystalla and sometimes on my way to school I’d run through Union Square and watch all the different buskers that would perform on the platform. A year or two before Crystalla and I officially started LTrain, her and I would busk at Union Square ourselves, so eventually we just decided to call our band, LTrain.
C - We thought LTrain was the perfect name to represent NYC. The L Train itself travels all the way from Brooklyn (NYC) to Lower Manhattan (NYC). The cultural and ethnic diversity between each neighborhood is representative of the overall vibe of NYC. At first I didn’t understand why Gabriel wanted to name the band, LTrain, but when I started to busk with Gabriel on the L Train, it all began to make sense.
Do you guys write your own music?
G - Yes we absolutely do. We have an EP which we we released almost 5 years ago titled CAN’T PAY BILLS. The name of the album was inspired by a sign posted at a construction site in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Looking back at it now, with how expensive it has become to live in NYC, it’s scary how prophetic we were on pointing out that reality. I think anyone living in an a Metropolitan area in the U.S. can agree that the living has skyrocketed since the 90’s. We are currently in the mixing stage of our debut album, VIRAL SPIRAL. It’s going to be epic.
Can you tell us a bit about your writing styles?
G - We are huge fans of Rock and Funk bands from the 60’s-90’s. We love everything from Led Zeppelin to No Doubt to Funkadelic to even solo artists such as Aretha Franklin. The list is too far to name. However, with growing up in NYC in the 90’s, Hip Hop is the most familiar music genre to our ears. That’s why we strive for a constant grove in our songs, no matter the tempo or style we are playing at that moment.
We’re really into your new song 'Viral Spiral"! Can you tell us a bit about it?
C - It’s a Rock song which takes you on a WILD journey. It’s quite symbolic to describing the everyday life in NYC. You never know what to expect here. You work all week, on your days off you run errands, and in our case it’s rehearse or perform, and you never get a moment to slow down. They say “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” and I really do believe in that. This city is one tough cookie that won’t crumble, no matter what.
Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
C - Gabriel and I wrote this song out of the frustration of working over night shifts as waiters at a local Casino. We lived double lives and it was painful and exhausting to keeping up with both. We wrote this song to remind ourselves not to stay stuck in the 24/7 hustle of living in NYC. It eventually wears you down, more so mentally then physically. My advice to any one reading this is never to loose yourself in trying to make money. Always remember to educate yourself and never give up on your dreams.
Any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
C - We have a show on December 14th at Footlight in Ridgewood, Queens!!! We put everything in our live show. You can expect lots of energy and interaction. I personally love looking at the audience. I love seeing everyone’s faces and knowing who I am performing to. They are part of the show just as much as we are.
What’s next for L Train in 2019?
We have a lot planned for 2019! 2018 has been a year of preparation and growing as artists. We haven’t done many shows but we’re busy behind the scenes. It hasn’t been the easiest year for us personally but we are keeping up the energy and positivity to finish everything we need to get done. Goals for 2019 will include getting out of NYC to tour, consistent YouTube videos and the release of our Album. We also would really love to meet new bands who are within our genre and continue to make more of a mark in our scene.
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