The Train Wrecks/Whiskey & War
posted by Boxingrhythm in Alt-Country, Americana, Reviews, Up & Comers
The Train Wrecks’ debut Whiskey & War is a tight collection of eight originals with three covers thrown in for good measure. Jason Bible’s vocals are a rusty reminder of why we all love Uncle Tupelo, and you don’t have to get too far into the album to see that The Train Wrecks are fans as well. If the cover of “No Depression” isn’t telling enough, then listen to “She Was the One” or “Whiskey Ain’t My Friend (No More).” Bible strums the acoustic, blows the harp and takes lead on ten of the eleven tracks. The one track written and sung by drummer Mark Kuhlman, entitled “Brand New Day,” could have easily been a leftover from the Old 97’s album Fight Songs, as its a bit more pop than Bible’s folksy-driven tracks. (Although Bible sounds more like Rhett Miller than Kuhlman.) Bassist Eric Dunn holds things down nicely and dobro player Stuart Harmening often steals the show with his tasteful licks scattered throughout the disc. The Wrecks, (can I call them that?) also put on a hell of a live show and are currently filming a DVD to prove just that. In the meantime, if you can’t make it down around Savannah, Georgia to check them out, pick up this CD. Standout tracks include: “Whiskey Ain’t My Friend (No More),” “She Was the One” and the cover of Bob Dylan’s “Jet Pilot”
by TOdd Mathis of American Gunwww.thetrainwrecksband.com www.myspace.com/thetrainwrecks
About The Train Wreck
Savannah, Ga.’s own local-boys-done-good, The Train Wrecks offer up raucous and rollicking Americana that’s as equally indebted to the traditionalist legacies of A.P. Carter and Johnny Cash as it is to the forward-thinking rock & roll of Wilco and Lucero.
Local reviewers have been “blown away” by the band’s live shows, and the Wrecks have been officially dubbed “The Hardest Gigging Band in Savannah”, a testament to the love and dedication they have for their music.
The band recently completed the recording of their debut CD “Whiskey & War”, and released it in the fall of 2007. The reviews rolled in! The Connect dubbed the record “simply a revelation….the kind of simultaneously slick and raw record which Ryan Adams regularly cranks out to much critical acclaim”, while Murmur Magazine called it the “best record to come out of Savannah in years”.
The band is blushing!
The Wrecks have spent the summer headlining club dates and playing festivals throughout the southeast, and are in the midst of planning a full-scale tour in the new year.
The Train Wrecks are a band in the truest sense: All the members are involved in the writing and arranging of the songs, and each member plays multiple roles during their high-energy live shows.
Jason Bible (guitar, voice, harmonica) is an award-winning singer-songwriter hailing from Ft. Worth, TX. Carolina-raised Markus Kuhlmann (drums, voice, guitar) and Savannah homeboy Eric Dunn (elec. bass, upright bass, voice) have split their time in The Train Wrecks with regional alt-rock favorites Hazel Virtue.
Stuart Harmening (dobro, banjo, guitar) is a studio session player who also picks with bluegrass juggernaut The Jimmy Wolling Band. All four bring their own unique perspective and talents to the table to create a singular musical vision, one that they hope to bring to as many people as possible as they continue to tour tirelessly and passionately
"The Train Wrecks are one of those bands who you could find tucked away in the dark corner of a Savannah-area bar on just about any given day, blazing through a high-energy set of both originals and covers.... The fact that they have played about ten thousand shows (or so it seems) has made this band one of the tightest playing bands in the city. I had never really witnessed one of their full sets until I saw them at the Jinx last month. I was blown away. They put as much energy into their juke joint-inspired Americana folk-rock as any of the town's straight rock bands put into theirs. It's a full-bodied sound that cuts through the haze of bar smoke and clamor, right to the soul of the listener....." Murmur Magazine 2006