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Kyle Gass and Trainwreck serve a cock-rock aperitif while fans hungrily await a mouthful of D


Chris Parker March 4th, 2010

Trainwreck10 p.m. FridayVZD's Restaurant & Club4200 N. Westernwww.vzds.com524-4200$14When not regaling the world with his face-melting skills as the glabrous half of Tenacious D, or appearing in a...

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Trainwreck
10 p.m. Friday
VZD's Restaurant & Club
4200 N. Western
www.vzds.com
524-4200
$14

When not regaling the world with his face-melting skills as the glabrous half of Tenacious D, or appearing in a variety of movie and TV roles, Kyle Gass stokes the fire that drives Trainwreck.
The quintet is a sort of classic-rock answer to the D, offering knowing, mildly amusing paeans to rock's selfmportance.

The act is supporting its full-length debut, "The Wreckoning," whose comic targets include musthave mullet accessory, the mustache ("El Mustachio"); not-so-vaguely homoerotic odes to male companionship ("Brodeo"); and, of course, the members' own generally sexy awesomeness ("Bothered & Hot," "Milk the Cobra"). It's a stadium-ready, hip-thrusting
disc that will re-ignite any smoldering memories of Kansas, Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Aside from playing guitar, Gass is also attempting to bring back the rock flute à la Jethro Tull, notably on the dreamy opening and the goofy "R.B.M.,"which stands for Rock Bolder Mountain.

"It's something I picked up," Gass said cryptically, from the Tenacious D practice space, where he and Jack Black are working on their third album. "It's definitely got a little of the Tull flavor, in tasteful doses."

Gass and company have been pitching the band as a potential TV show like "'Scooby-Doo!' meets 'The Monkees,'" he said, where the band will "drive around the country performing shows and solving crimes."

Strangely, no network has bit. Trainwreck has been at it for quite a while since founding in the early '00s, when Gass did a two-person show with JR Reed (aka Tenacious D's greatest fan, Lee). But things really kicked into gear when Phish keyboardist Page McConnell invited them to open for his band, Vida Blue, on short notice. Although that was more than eight years ago, Trainwreck has released only a live album and an EP prior to "The Wreckoning."

Among its highlights are "Tim Blankenship," a tribute to the confident, car-obsessed, adolescent swagger of those whose life peaked around high school. The hard-chugging "The Drummer" features its namesake stepping out from behind the kit for a cameo, and the front man's spotlight moment, "J.B. Shredman," which concludes with Gass' opportune passage of, well, gas.

"My bandmates are quite familiar with my gastric pyrotechnics," he said. "That was recorded live in the studio. You can't Pro Tools something like that."

As for Tenacious D, Gass has no idea when he and Black might finish that forthcoming disc. They've got about three and a half songs by his reckoning, but there's no hurrying genius. Potentially their swan song, Gass said he and Black want to make a lasting impression.

"We're saving the best for last. We want this album to be our finest moment," he said. "I don't know when it'll be done, but when it is you can be sure it'll kick your ass."

In the meantime, there's no harm in getting wrecked on the 'wreck. In fact, Gass insists.
"We always loving coming to Oklahoma City," he said. "I don't know what it is, but you really get us there, and it's always a good time." "Chris Parker
 
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