"Trainwreck Riders are a rocking in their chair, guitar-pickin' on the porch band from San Francisco. Their debut album ‘Lonely Road Revival’ harkens back to a golden age of Americana, when folk, country and blues musically intertwined (even if the musicians themselves rarely did)...Lyrically lovelorn, nerves raw, and emotions muddled, Trainwreck Riders songs ramble down the briar-filled paths of confused interpersonal relationships. The lyrics may be downbeat, but the music is not, careening headlong into brawling rockabilly and punchy punk blues. But for every exhilarating, slam-bang number, there's a corresponding one with a much more laid-back rhythm, easygoing atmosphere and at times, even dreamy aura. This is Americana for a new America, and as train wrecks go, this one is a beauty."
AllMusicGuide.com and Billboard.com
“San Francisco’s Trainwreck Riders new album The Perch was released back in May, but I waited until now to find out about it so this makes it an instant classic. Well, maybe not yet but their excellent hybrid country-rock-with-a-hint-of-punk sound sure sounds like it could be headed in that direction. The four-piece band exhibits complete musical diversity from frantic to sublime and Pete Frauenfelder’s voice handles the spectrum quite well.”
“If you’ve ever seen the Riders’ incendiary live shows, which tilt toward the punk side of the band’s country-punk-rock, this drowsy song from the band’s new album The Perch is initially something of a shocker. Like the band’s louder efforts, though, Pete Fraudenfelder’s voice carries a sincerity that makes lines like "I’ve been working my fingers down to the bone" feel real and bleak.”
“San Francisco based four-piece The Trainwreck Riders do the punk-country thing as good as any band going and better than most. The band’s high-energy sound borrows equally from both genres, but instead of coming off as punk kids trying too hard in cowboy hats, these boys resemble pissed off farmers brandishing pitchforks.”
Omaha Weekly Reader
“San Fran’s Trainwreck Riders put on several different hats on their sophomore record The Perch. The record is full of a hybrid folk, country, bluesy rock and cow-punk that is much like the styles of the Meat Puppets, Uncle Tupelo, or the Mekons. It is this careful but yet ever changing delivery that makes The Perch seem fresh around every corner and the Trainwreck Riders supply enough memorable melodies to make each spin rewarding!”
The Fire Note
“The ever-evolving Trainwreck Riders are perfect for that alternative e-music-fed crowd – the kind of boundless listener who is okay with the idea of a country/punk album. The kind of fan who can embrace twangy lap-steel riffs and rockabilly fiddles layered over a heavy-handed barrage of drums has just struck gold. TWR has that unique ability to make their songs sound simultaneously slow and fast, which is no easy feat. The single “Safety of a Back” really sums up where they are at musically – relaxed, reflective, and romantic.
Chances are you won’t hear another band like the Trainwreck Riders this year. Their style is truly original, and it’s worth escaping to The Perch. Because, as they say in the track ‘Three to the Clouds’, “we’re all just searching for a little light/when the darkness creeps up inside”.”