We Roll On by The Train Wrecks (from Savannah, Georgia) begins with the title track, a song with a rhythm that immediately gets your head moving and your toes tapping. The guitar in the intro of this song sounds a lot like The Reverend Horton Heat. For that matter, the vocals are pretty similar to The Rev also. Then there is the organ, which gives the song a really bright tone. Overall, it's just a really fun song, and it is impossible to be in a bad mood when you hear this one. It certainly is a great way to kick off the album. Bands, take note. If you want to immediately grab the attention of your audience, have a good lead song like this one.
"Nero's Fiddle" is an interesting song because it blends the sounds of Bakersfield with the sounds of The Grateful Dead. The bridge is particularly interesting because the pedal steel comes to the forefront, and it is backed by some solid work on the piano. This almost has the feel of one of Bob Dylan's epic songs even though it's only 2:45.
The band slows things down for "El Cartel". The storytelling quality (and the raspy quality of the vocals) in this song is reminiscent of Ben Nichols of Lucero. In fact, this song sounds like it could fit just as easily on the Lucero album Nobody's Darlings. The story is vividly told and very evocative. You know how some songs are perfect for television? This is one of those songs. It's easy to imagine this is an episode of a gritty police drama. Along the same lines, "What Gets Left Behind" is a song that would be perfect for a movie - specifically for a scene about a couple breaking up and dealing with the aftermath. Frankly, it's a credit to this band that so many different images and scenes are evoked just by listening to the album.
One admirable thing about this album is that it keeps you guessing. You can't say that The Train Wrecks has a signature sound because every song is a little bit different. From the romps "We Roll On" and "Reverend's Jacket" to the the honky-tonk sound of "Went Out Ridin'", the band covers a lot of ground musically. The constant is the songwriting and storytelling in the songs. If you're a fan of gritty alt-country bands like Lucero and Drive-By Truckers, this album will fit right into your collection.