News Segment


April 4, 2004

Boston rock’n’roll band THUNDERTRAIN is the focus of a feature length documentary currently being lensed by award-winning indie production company Escape TV.

“THUNDERTRAIN: Inbetween Now & Then”


Rewind to the summer of 1974. Five rebellious musicians from the suburbs of Boston meet for the first time. Rehearsing, writing, and dreaming in the basement of Jack’s Drum Shop downtown on Boylston Street. THUNDERTRAIN wanted to play their own music, do it their own way, and live a life filled with adventure.

This documentary follows the group as they get off the ground, record their two singles and full-length album, and proceed to blow the doors off New York’s CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City, Cleveland’s Agora Ballroom, their hometown Rat in Boston, and every rowdy roadhouse and high school gym inbetween.

According to one fan, “It was like a spaceship. THUNDERTRAIN had this sexy, raw energy and they created a heavy metal, hard rock sound that was okay for the punks to like.” The band soon found themselves in the pages of Rock Scene, Creem, Boston Groupie News, Time and 16 Magazine. THUNDERTRAIN pushed the limits until they chose to self-destruct, as the 70s drew to a close.

THUNDERTRAIN began releasing independent singles in 1975. A year later, their “Hot For Teacher!” 45 rose to #3 on the then-new alternative charts in the UK. THUNDERTRAIN’s TEENAGE SUICIDE album was released across the USA in 1977. Decades later, THUNDERTRAIN’s original music was unexpectedly reissued on compact disc by the enigmatic indie label Gulcher Records to international acclaim.

The stage was set for a rebirth.Fast forward to today. See THUNDERTRAIN return to the stage as they left it. Five rebellious musicians still doing it their own way, touring their hometown Boston-area haunts and Florida’s sunny beaches in 2003.

Telly Award winning director Woody Bavota (Bill Bruford’s Earthworks “Footloose In NYC”) captures candid interviews with the band, deejays, writers, promoters, groupies, fans, insiders, roadies, jet-setters, lowlifes, and wheeler-dealers. All the colorful characters that have played important roles in the still-unfolding THUNDERTRAIN legend.

“THUNDERTRAIN: Inbetween Now & Then” features never-before-seen mid-70s footage of THUNDERTRAIN tearing it up at The Rat in Kenmore Square. Electrifying concert sequences shot during the Thundertrain 2003 reunion tour prove that, decades later, this brotherhood is still outrageous, hairy, and as entertaining as ever.

The Escape TV documentary “THUNDERTRAIN: Inbetween Now & Then” pays homage to all garage bands struggling to make themselves heard.SEE THE THUNDERTRAIN “I GOTTA ROCK” DVD TRAILER NOW!

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