Trainwreck Steams Ahead On Debut Album
Trainwreck, the band led by Kyle Gass when he's not rocking as half of Tenacious D, is at work on its full-length debut with the Dust Brothers' John King producing.Trainwreck, the band led by Kyle Gass when he's not rocking as half of Tenacious D, is at work on its full-length debut with the Dust Brothers' John King producing. The set is expected to include such tracks as "Trainwreck Theme Song," "Baby, Let's Rock" and the six-minute epic "Rock Responsibly," which Gass describes to Billboard.com as "a crazy, Brian Wilson extravaganza."
Gass says the album is about halfway complete, "but it's going very slow. For instance, I went over last night to work on it. By the time we made dinner, had some wine and watched some Tivo, we didn't do anything, which is a problem. I don't know quite how to resolve that. We like to goof off."
Trainwreck finds Gass (as Klip Calhoun) backed by vocalist Darryl Lee Donald (better known as Lee by Tenacious D fans), keyboardist Lance Branson, guitarist John Bartholomew Shredman, bassist Boy Johnny and drummer Kenny Bob Thornton. The group recently wrapped a month-long U.S. tour and will reactivate for a Dec. 11 show at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles.
"I didn't know what this would become, but it has evolved nicely," Gass enthuses. "There's really a lot of talent in it. The two Johns are young guys that I discovered from Columbus, Ohio. They're pretty fresh and talented."
At present, Trainwreck has not aligned with a label, although since Tenacious D is signed to Epic, Gass points out, "I think Sony owns everything that I do forever. I think that I can't take a crap without Sony having some interest in it. I thought if I used a fake name that they wouldn't notice."
Adding to the dilemma is the potential album title. Says Gass, "One we've been kicking around is 'Well, It Ain't Going To Suck Itself.' That makes us laugh a lot, but I don't know if that's going to work out."
As previously reported, Tenacious D is expected to begin shooting its feature film, "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," in March. The group will hit the studio with King beforehand to record material for the film's soundtrack.