Who are The Trainwrecks? An uber-energetic punk-pop band catering to rowdy crowds of diehard music fans. Formed in Hollywood, CA @2001, when Garner Knutson (of The Piper Downs fame) joined up with Jason Rarick (ex-Piper Downs fame) and Carla Betz (fan of Piper Downs fame). When Garner and Jason were looking for a permanent person to fill in the bass guitar duties they realized right away that Carla was a shoe-in when she showed off her vintage KISS lunchbox at an early pre-Carla Trainwrecks show.
Lead singer and guitarist, Garner, shows a natural ability on stage. His guitar work is a fun mix of power chords and quirky lead lines which play very well with clever, occasionally sardonic lyrics. Vocally, he delivers attitude and verve in true punk style a la Billie Joe Armstrong.
Bassist/Backup singer, Carla pops off animated performances which are skilled as well as fun to watch. She knows how to hold down the bottom end yet can interject inventive fills when a song calls for it. And when she’s on the mic, her backing vocals add even more to the already catchy melody lines.
Drummer, Jason Rarick, dominates the kit with his impressive height using his long limbs to move around the drums with significant speed. Particularly remarkable is his tom work which he utilizes throughout a song, rather than just during fills. This playing style ensures that the three piece never sounds incomplete.
Songwriting in this group is an unmistakable strength. The witty lyrics are outshone only by radio-ready melody lines that stick with you. With a loyal fan base always growing, this a band in motion and certainly a band to watch.
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