Metal certainly hasnt cornered the market on juvenile pomposity. Rocks always been plenty self-indulgent and preposterous, making it a fine satirical target for Kyle Gasss band Trainwreck. The glabrous half of Tenacious D, Gass inhabits a leather-vested, rug-sporting alter ego, Klip Calhoun, looking like a lost member of Toto. Trainwrecks debut LP, The Wreckoning, skewers a variety of rock staples, from The Drummer, to latent homoeroticism (Brodeo) and over-the-top sexual innuendo (Milk The Cobra). Sonically its a grab-bag of classic/stadium-rock glyphs. Gass provides the fluttering flute à la Jethro Tull for R.B.M. aka Rock Boulder Mountain, Brodeo gets a cowbell-banging country-rock strut on, and their jazz-rock theme song sounds like a cross between Traffic and Santana. Though well executed, it never reaches the parodic levels of Tenacious D, probably in part because 70s rock is so dated and its elements so ingrained in musical culture that theyre hardly questioned.
Sun., March 7, 8 p.m., 2010