TRAINWRECK RIDERS: Where the Neon Turns to Wood: CD

I saw these guys play a few days after New Years in San Pedro: finger picking guitar, country-sounding, then heavy, not simple songs, but simple-sounding parts pulled together for a flavorful mix. It’s actually pretty complex stuff, but it still has a homemade, sort of basic feel to it. I think it could be said that this is the type of music that might be made by someone with a busy life in the city; about their attempts at reconciling things within themselves and reaching out to the edge of the city, with all the complex angles of city life meeting with some notion or feeling of a more simple life on the outskirts. I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say if you like This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb or The Two Gallants, you’ll be into this.

 –dandy (www.trainwreckriders.com)