Jack Antonoff, the lead singer of Steel Train, knows a thing or two about having fun. The band’s high energy and often unhinged live shows are the very definition of the word. So, surely the group’s brand of New Jersey rock is enough of a blast to necessitate a sale of its new self titled album. Just in case it isn’t, though, Steel Train is offering up something conceivably more glee-inducing than themselves: An accompanying album entitled Terrible Thrills Vol. 1, an effort that features reimaginings of the album by a plethora of female artists.
The all-girl album contains songs from collaborators Tegan & Sara along with Amanda Palmer, Holly Miranda, Deradoorian, Scarlett Johannson, and others. While Antonoff is pleased with the efforts of his band’s third full-length album, Terrible Thrills came about because, well, having women sink their teeth into the songs and breath new life into them just seemed natural.
“I couldn’t be happier with how the new Steel Train album turned out,” Antonoff said. “But when I was writing these new songs, I had pictured a female taking the lead. With Terrible Thrills, my wish came true.”
The first track from the album will be available shortly on the band’s website. You can get your copy of Terrible Thrills Vol. 1 by pre-ordering the Steel Train album at their official site. Steel Train is out June 29th via the band’s own Terrible Thrills label.
Terrible Thrills Vol. 1 Artists (in order of appearance):
Tegan & Sara
Elizabeth and the Catapult
Charlotte Caffey (of The Go Go’s) and Astrid McDonald