Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
LTrain are one of my favorite bands in NYC’s rock scene, so when they had a show the other week at Otto’s Shrunken Head in the LES, I was there.
The venue was cramped – which is actually perfect for a rock n roll show in NYC, as it gives the entire thing a retro feel, like having been transported to the late ‘70s (minus all the heroin) – and LTrain rocked so hard they nearly blew the walls off the place.
Aside from the potential to see some rock n roll renovations (HDTV, you know you want to make that a show. Call me!), here are three reasons why you should join me in the crowd to see LTrain live.
1. They’re a hard rock band with a classic rock ethos
If you make your way to an LTrain show early enough, and have the pleasure of hearing them warm up, you’ll notice guitarist Gabriel Castellar plays an array of snippets of classic rock songs while getting ready. This is apropos, as although the band is a hard rock band, they incorporate classic rock elements, so while their music is most definitely new, there’s always a little something in it that makes it feel recognizable. Like a brand new jacket that fits just like your favorite coat, you’ll love both the newness, and the familiar comfort.
2. Gabriel Castellar can freakin’ shred
Whether he’s rockin’ an insane guitar solo – which LTrain has a number of because they’re a real rock band – or he’s working the wah-wah pedal to bring some funk into the mix, Castellar is a real life Guitar Hero on stage. This dude BRINGS IT. Quite frankly, there were a few times where I was surprised his guitar didn’t catch fire.
3. Crystalla Gonzalez will kick your ass … vocally
I don’t want you to think Crystalla will literally kick your ass – although there was an incident with her boot meeting a bucket during this particular show – vocally, her power is unmatched. Not only is Crystalla's voice crystal clear, in the pantheon of female rock vocalists she can belt it out with the best of them.
She isn’t the frontwoman just for show, she’s the frontwoman because she can put on a show … a show that will rock your face off.
To find out when, and where, LTrain will be performing next, check out their Facebook page for show dates.