C86 Show - Indie Pop

Daniel Takes a Train with Paul Baker

June 1, 2020

Daniel Takes a Train special with Paul Baker in conversation with David Eastaugh

Daniel Takes A Train was originally formed in London in the 1980’s. The band split up in 1988 but re-emerged 30 years later as a live and recording act.
 
 
Named after a Hungarian art-house movie, Daniel Takes A Train was originally formed in London in the 1980’s by song-writing duo Paul Baker (vocals) and Dan Synge (guitar). Augmented by James Hannington (drums), Rupert Blomfield (bass) and Paul Davey (saxophone) the band were regulars on the West End club scene (Ronnie Scott’s, Le Beat Route, The Limelight, The Astoria, Empire Ballroom etc) and even gate-crashed the 1987 Brit Awards armed with demo tapes in order to get a record deal.

The band split up in 1988 but re-emerged 30 years later as a live act featuring core original members, following their discovery, via an old promo video on YouTube, by Firestation Records, Germany. Over the years, they have crossed genres as diverse as synth pop, jazz/funk, jangle and indie rock but always with an eye on creating that perfect pop moment.