Trainwreck Riders started out playing music with their San Francisco friends Two Gallants on the corner of 16th and Mission back in 2003, in art galleries and public parking lots, eventually releasing a DIY album in 2005, and a follow up for Alive, "Lonely Road Revival," in 2007. Mojo called it "a treat," the Big Takeover "a trainwreck in the best sense of the word," and Daze magazine described it as "packed with such raw musical emotion that it's sometimes easy to forget how clever their lyrics are".
Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr., Buffalo Springfield and Creedence Clearwater Revival are among Trainwreck Riders admitted musical references, but it is said that the boys main influence is Rob Kerwin's, Steve and Andrew's dad, music collection of old timey country and fiddle playing. Their new album, "The Perch", is filled with the band's unique brand of romantic urban country, bohemian folk and dirty punk blues, and displays Pete Frauenfelder's and Andrew Kerwin's amazing songwriting evolution, both lyrically and musically. The band has toured the US with Langhorne Slim, Two Gallants and The Black Diamond Heavies.