Nail Me To A Train were a great band from the heavier end of the spectrum who played at The Falcon from 2003 – 2005, and I’ve been meaning to grind out a quick retrospective of their work for a while. Now’s the time it seems, because I saw them play a one-off gig at the uber-nostalgic Falcon Reunion night at The Jolly Brewer in Lincoln a little while ago.
In a nutshell, they were a post-grunge three (occasionally four) piece band grinding out hard rock riffs with an outstanding, massive vocal from singer Euan, coming straight out of Eddie Vedder’s school. They must have played for me at ten or fifteen shows during my time as a promoter, including a historically notable one supporting the mighty Skindred at the Falcon.
I came into contact with Jim, bass player and general go-to man for all things NMTAT, by chatting up his then-girlfriend (now wife) in a nightclub, which isn’t an approach I generally recommend, but in this case led to a great relationship between the band and our nascent promo company. They came to represent a link for us to the oft overlooked student body at Bishop Grosseteste College (now Uni).
Maxing your impact is certainly an important part of the art of the rock trio, and most of the NMTAT performances I saw were beyond solid by the standards around in those days. The band had stage presence and musical impact in spades.
They released what I considered one of the more consistent records of the time, a four track EP entitled ‘No Definition To The Dark’, probably with Laurie Bennett at Spanish Studio (we’re a bit unsure). It was great, and remained in my CD player on and off for the whole time I was promoting music, AND I’ve still got the copy. It’s aged a little bit in terms of production, but is still well worth digging out. I might even get to archive it properly later, if the band are willing.
Here’s the opening track -
I’m not sure if NMTAT ever got out of town to gig much, and I haven’t the foggiest idea whether they garnered any interest from the wider music business, or even if they tried to do so, but for me they were certainly a band which could have done.
That would’ve been all there is to say, but for this show I attended the other week which saw the three of them perform together for the first time since the days I’ve described here. Looking past the nostalgia of seeing a piece of history live on stage again, they’re still a mighty force live and killed the gig. I recorded a vid of some of it which I would have liked to post, but decided against inflicting the camera-phone audio on you, so you’ll have to make do with a couple of nice stills -