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Album Review of The Trews – Civilianaires


Last updated 12/8/2018 at 9:04pm | View PDF

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For us in the United States, The Trews may be an unknown rock band, but in Canada, they are rock royalty. Formed in 1997 in Nova Scotia, Canada The Band is presently based in Hamilton, Ontario. The Trews are comprised of brothers Colin and John MacDonald on vocals and guitars, bassist Jack Syperek and drummer Chris Gormley. They have toured with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Guns N Roses. Their sixth full length album Civilianaires was released this fall to great critical and commercial success. I have seen this band, as well as photographed them several times, the latest being a show promoted by AMP Entertainment in watertown, NY. They excel live each and every time. The audience responds to the music, singing along to the many infectious rock anthems this band has produced over the last 20 years. The Trews have two gold albums, 18 Top Ten Singles, won or have been nominated for about every Canadian Juno Award available, including New Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, Single of the Year, DVD of the Year and Rock Group of the Year. They have also won or have been nominated for 12 East Coast Music Awards.

The Trews have shown a cultural conscience throughout their musical journey. The Band released the single Highway Of Heroes, which was inspired by the 2006 death of Capt. Nichola Goddard, a schoolmate of members of The Trews. Goddard was first Canadian female soldier killed in Afghanistan. The Highway of Heroes refers to Highway 401 in Ontario. The bodies of the fallen soldiers are transported along this route to the coroner's office in Toronto. Along the highway, hundreds gather on overpasses to mourn soldiers killed in Afghanistan. The song was made available on iTunes in Canada, all proceeds from the sales going to the Canadian Hero Fund, a charity that provides scholarships to the spouses and children of soldiers killed in combat. In October 2014 Highway of Heroes was certified Gold in Canada for sales of over 40,000 digital downloads.

The new musical addition to The Trews catalog Civilianaires, continues with pop rock sensibilities, sing along choruses, mixed with catchy guitar hooks that propel you into the musical experience that is The Trews. The creativity of all four musicians are on display, as a group they contribute with a mix of feel good rockers and introspective ballads. All 13 tracks are somewhat different, but each has a story to tell. The Band released The New US to radio as the first single. The song stirred some controversy with its political overtones, the lyrics aimed at the current administration in the White House. The second single Vintage Love which opens the new album, became their 18th single to chart the Top Ten in Canada. Civilianaires, as an album debuted at #1 on the Alternative Album charts in Canada.


My Favorites – I like every song on Civilianaires, especially No More Saying Goodbye, Jericho, Leave It Alone and The New US. I also highly recommend, for an introduction to The Trews, Time Capsule. The cd consists of 20 songs, including 16 of their greatest hits, as well as 4 previously unreleased songs.

The Trews are scheduled to perform at The Clayton Opera House on March 30th2019.

Check out the latest from The Trews. As with all my reviews - if you like what I like, you will either end up buying the new cd or streaming the latest from The Trews - Civilianaires


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