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You Can't Stop a Trainwreck!

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"Fresh coal in your engine, get your 'choo-choo' on the tracks, gather up your peeples, TRAINWRECK'S comin' back to your town..."

LAist managed to catch the elusive band TRAINWRECK at the Malibu Inn this past Saturday night and find out about the mysterious band.

TRAINWRECK is what you could loosely call a Southern Rock band fronted by singer Darryl Donald (J.R. Reed) in all of his mulleted, porkchop-sideburned glory. He belts out tunes like "Rock (Responsibly)" - "Rock responsibly, kick out the jams with a sense of stability, and don't expect us to stay for some wine, Ladies, I got to be at my day job by nine" with what can most accurately be described as pure gusto.

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Darryl is backed by "the Wreck", as they are known by fans "in the know" consisting of; guitarist and vocalist Klip Calhoun (Kyle Gass, the non-Jack Black half of Tenacious D), drummer Kenny Bob Thornton (Kevin Wiseman, Marshall of TV's ALIAS fame), guitar shredder John B. Shredman (John Konesky), bassist Boy Johnny (John Spiker), and manager/keyboardist Lance Branson (Chris Darienzo).

The band, in pure Tenacious D/Spinal Tap form, all stay true to their personas while on-stage, living it up in their mullet wig and country rock glory. Klip will often stop and wax poetic about the band, manager Lance tries to showboat as the leader, only to be fired at the beginning of the show by Darryl and the rest of the boys. However, during a subsequent song Lance wins his way back by out-tambourining Darryl, something that blows everyone away. They manage all of this while belting out their testosterone-laden songs like "Caveman" and "Baby, Let's Rock".

If you can possibly catch them, don't miss seeing this Trainwreck live and in person.

"Servin' up pure WRECK-N-ROLL, climb aboard and hang on, Mother Hubbard. You're headed the wrong way down a one way track!"