Impact: Train Aims to ‘Get Into People’s Lives’ with ‘Bulletproof Picasso’

By Staff

Pat Monahan of Train spent much of his Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour last year working on new songs for the band’s seventh studio album. That release, titled Bulletproof Picasso, will see the light of day on Sept. 16. To celebrate that release, Train is our Impact artist this week. 

In an interview with New York’s Fresh 102.7 (a CBS Radio station), Monahan and bandmate Jimmy Stafford opened up about the 12-track release and the album’s lead single “Angel In Blue Jeans.”

“Subconsciously, everything romantic that I write lyrically would be about my wife since she is such a lovely part of my life,” Monahan said.

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This can be seen on the band’s latest release and especially on new single “Angel In Blue Jeans.” While last year, Monahan told admitted the song title sounds a bit country, it’s not a country song.

“The song is literally about dreaming about trying to find that woman that did a magical thing to you and then you wake up from the dream at the end and you’re laying next to her. And then you can relax,” Monahan explained.

The video for the song, however, takes a drastic turn. It premiered on VEVO in July and features actors Danny Trejo (DesperadoHeatSons of AnarchyBreaking Bad) and Hannah Simone (New Girl). They portray people living in a Wild West-like world who start a gun fight with the band.


Having released six previous albums, Stafford told Fresh 102.7 that this album takes the cake.

“The 11 other singles on the record are all unique,” he asserted. “In my opinion, this is our best collection of songs that we’ve ever put on one record. It’s really great writing, really great melody. Overall, I think it’s our best work.”

Bulletproof Picasso was produced by previous Train collaborator Butch Walker. It hits stores and digital outlets on Tuesday, Sept. 16, after which the band will take part in several album release shows (see dates and cities below).

“I’ve always wanted to emotionally connect with people through the songs,” Monahan said. “But I also want to get into people’s lives with this album. We’re very excited about Bulletproof Picasso and we’re looking forward to performing some of the new songs for all our fans.”

Bulletproof Picasso track list:

01. “Cadillac, Cadillac”
02. “Bulletproof Picasso”
03. “Angel In Blue Jeans”
04. “Give It All”
05. “Wonder What You’re Doing For The Rest Of Your Life”
06. “Son Of A Prison Guard”
07. “Just A Memory”
08. “I’m Drinkin’ Tonight”
09. “I Will Remember”
10. “The Bridge”
11. “Baby, Happy Birthday”
12. “Don’t Grow Up So Fast”

Record release shows:

9/17: Los Angeles, CA – Pantages Theatre
9/18: Los Angeles, CA -Pantages Theatre
9/21: San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
9/22: San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
9/25: New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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