Trainwreck (band)

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Trainwreck
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Hard rock, southern rock, heavy metal, comedy rock
Years active 2002–2011
Labels Sony BMG
Associated acts Tenacious D, The Kyle Gass Band
Website http://www.johnkonesky.com/trainwreck
Members Klip Calhoun (Kyle Gass)
Darryl Lee Donald (Jason Reed)
John Bartholomew Shredman (John Konesky)
Boy Johnny (John Spiker)
Dallas St. Bernard (Nate Rothacker)

Trainwreck was an American rock band, a project of Kyle Gass' (of Tenacious D) alter-ego, "Klip Calhoun". The band were described as being part of Tenacious D's family,[1] in that Gass, Konesky and Spiker all play live for Tenacious D. Throughout the majority of the Tenacious D movie, Gass wears a yellow Trainwreck T-shirt.[2]

History[edit]

Beginnings (2002-2003)[edit]

Gass started Trainwreck when he was asked to open for Page McConnell's band Vida Blue.[3] In December 2001, Tenacious D played a concert with Weezer and Jimmy Eat World in Value City Arena, where Kyle Gass befriended Erin Robinson, who described herself as a "huge D fan." [4] In 2002, Gass asked her to recruit musicians for the "Trainwreck sideproject" so she found bandmates and friends John Spiker and John Konesky.[4] Trainwreck played their first concert at Highland Grounds in Los Angeles on the 2nd August 2002. The band would then go on to play many Los Angeles and Ohio club shows. They would then in 2003 go onto having their first ever full-on US tour where they played the likes of New York, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta to name a few. This tour was called the Pacific Rimjob tour.[5]

Supporting Act (2004-2005)[edit]

Later on, Trainwreck toured the US supporting the Reverend Horton Heat and the Supersuckers. On September the 5th in 2004 - Trainwreck played their one at only festival at Moe Down Festival.

The Pick Of Destiny (2006-2007)[edit]

Trainwreck performed on the official score for the Tenacious D movie with their songs 'Caveman' and 'I Wanna Know'. Gass also wears a Trainwreck t-shirt during the vast majority of the film as well as appearing in it on the film posters and on other various merchandise for the movie. For the concert tour to support the movie and soundtrack, Konesky and Spiker were recruited to play guitar for the shows based on their work with Trainwreck. Rothacker worked as a roadie. Because the Pick Of Destiny tour featured all the members of Trainwreck - Trainwreck played shows in the cities they were in on their days off. This is notable because the band performed at the Scala in England, the Annandale Hotel in Australia and the Mod Club Theater in Canada. These were the bands first international dates.

Various Appearances (2007-2009)[edit]

In the early part of 2007, Trainwreck played a California show in January and a California show in April, and then later on embarked on a tour in June touring California, Oregon and Washington. They also played gigs in July, September and October in California. In 2008, Trainwreck performed their second England and Canadian dates at Dingwalls in London and at the Reverb Club in Toronto as well as playing various shows in California. In 2009, the band played various California shows, as well as recording their debut studio album which they would then launch in 2010.

The Wreckoning (2010)[edit]

The band released their debut 15-track album in early 2010. The first copies of the album were signed and put on the band's Etsy store available in either CD or Vinyl format. There were also signed promo posters available too. Later on, the album came available on iTunes and Amazon in MP3 digital format. There were also two music videos created in support for the album - 'Brodeo' and 'Tim Blankenship'. The band went on a tour to support the new album in California in January and February, and then throughout March and May toured various cities of the United States. In June during Tenacious D's Bonnaroo Music Festival slot, Rothacker replaced Brooks Wackerman whilst he was on tour with Bad Religion. Later on, in September, they began touring again after a short absence.

Break Up (2010-2011)[edit]

The band played their last show on the 25th September 2010 at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago. This show was in the middle of their Transcontinental Railroad tour - the Chicago show was their tenth show into the tour, and they canned the rest of their eleven shows. In an interview, Kyle Gass informed that something 'psychologically traumatic' at the Chicago show caused the band to split.[6] After five months of in-activity, in March 2011, they announced their closure on their Facebook page and linked their fans to The Kyle Gass Band as well as linking them to a clearance on their Big Cartel store.[7]

Discography[edit]

Band Members[edit]

Former Members[edit]

  • Lance Branson (Chris D'Arienzo) - keyboard, vocals
  • Kenny Bob Thornton / Skeeter St. McCloud (Kevin Weisman) - drums
  • Tuffy McFuckelby (Jack Black) - guitar, lead vocal (occasional member)

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