The Train Set

Never California

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The Train Set first emerged on the indie music scene in the mid-80s, releasing two critically acclaimed 12″ singles on Dave Haslam’s and Nathan McGough’s Playhard label in Manchester and going on to tour with the Happy Mondays and gigs with James and others. A Vinyl of ‘Never California’, is now released on Firestation Records. Featuring a dozen finely crafted songs including the highly sought after singles, the compilation has earned amazing reviews and recent plays on BBC Radio 6 shows such as Radcliffe and Maconie, Chris Hawkins, Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson.

They were featured in both the NME and Melody Maker through interviews and features by Stuart Maconie and Robin Denslow.

The album ‘Never California’, released on Firestation Records, features The Train Set’s highly sought after singles including ‘She’s Gone’ which was the band’s first record, recognized as a stunning debut by the press and selected as NME’s single of the week when it was originally released in 1988. Writing in NME, James Brown said “The Train Set have done their growing up in private and will now have no trouble copping off with the entire teenage nation of orphaned Smiths fans”. Stuart Maconie described ‘She’s Gone’ as “sleek and shiny, fizzy and witty”, predicting “The Train Set will be huge when the world sees sense”.

Well, whilst we wait for the world to take heed, immerse yourself in these finely crafted songs and enjoy a band that made a significant impact on the music scene amongst the abundant indie/jangle bands of that era.

This compilation contains previously unreleased tracks from a band that had promised so much but disappeared far too soon. The members have also now come together to write new material and gig live and to oversee the release of this retrospective album, providing a vital listening experience and an opportunity to discover The Train Set’s material again, or perhaps for the first time.


Hold On
She’s Gone
Stop Stalling (Sob Stories)
All Blown Over (The Recall)
That’s All
Sink Or Swim
Harped On
Gets Me Down
Beautiful Monster
Tell Us
The Recall (All Blown Over)

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