Changing Trains are an Original, Independent Rock band from Limerick City, Ireland. They are Paul O’Riordan (Songwriter), Hannah O’Brien (Vocals), David Carroll (Drums), Rob Carey (Bass), Podge O’Donoghue (violin) and Ronan Murphy (Lead Guitar). Their debut album ‘Theory of Everything’ peaked at No. 2 in the Irish album Rock charts last year. Their debut single (Won’t let you down) was reviewed as ‘The best song by an Irish band for a very long time’. Their music is available to download or stream from all on-line music outlets.
How did you all meet? Most of us had known each other for a long time, we played in bands together over the years. As soon as we started recording the album, we kind of collected others along the way!!!
When did Changing Trains officially form as a band? Officially, probably around 2 years ago, although we started writing the album 5 years ago.
How did your diverse backgrounds and hometown of Limerick City, Ireland help form your musical persona? Yeah, we come from different backgrounds and there’s an age difference between some of us aswell. It just all works so well for us, we love the process of writing songs and everyone adding their own parts to them. Different perspectives are kind of what makes the whole thing more exciting. We all have huge respect for each other and we’re very proud of where we’re from.
Tell us about your latest release, “Gathering the Sunlight”. What does this song mean to you both as artists? We really, really like this song. It’s a story of escapism, it’s about how just being with someone is more important than what kind of a career you have or whatever else you think is important. It’s definitely our most radio friendly song, catchy melody, nice story and Hannah’s voice is just incredible… as usual!!!!!!
What was the filming process like for the music video? Filming the videos is always so much fun. The song is already recorded so you’re already happy with how it sounds, which is the most important thing. Peter Delaney produced this video, he also plays ukulele in the song. Pete is a great friend of the band, he makes short films and is a brilliant musician too, it’s always a hell of a lot of fun with him!!
What is your main goal through your music as a band? I’m sure our goal is the same as everyone else, no matter what walk of life you’re in. We want to be happy with what we’re doing and we want to be enjoying it, we’re so lucky that’s the case. It would be great if we reached the widest audience possible but if you really love what you do, it will show through your work. Hopefully, that’s what we’ve achieved.
What is next for you in 2016? The rest of 2016 and probably most of 2017 we will be attempting to write songs for our second album. We have plenty of ideas but there’s still a long way to go before they’re the finished article. Once we have enough songs, we’ll get our heads around recording again. We’ve really had a great reaction to the songs so far, we’d love to keep that going, if we can keep writing decent, honest songs!!
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