You have got to admire the resiliency of Antigonish, Nova Scotia’s Trews. Since releasing their debut CD House Of Ill Fame in 2003, The Trews have consistently busted their collective butts, touring and grinding out records, railing against prevailing trends yet always remaining true to their rock roots.
Indications are that the stars are finally aligning for lead vocalist/guitarist Colin MacDonald, John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek and percussionist Sean Dalton. As electric guitars and rock music seems to be making a comeback (The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck), The Trews have fashioned a self-titled new CD that simply pulsates with high-energy rock songs.
The ace in the pack here is ‘Age of Miracles’, an addictive, anthemic rocker with all the ingredients of a monster hit record. Think of accessibility of Tom Cochrane’s ‘Life Is A Highway’ or Nickelback’s ‘How You Remind Me’ – Age of Miracles is just as appealing. But this is just one of a bunch of great power rock songs that meld MacDonald’s catchy vocals with brother John-Angus’s driving guitar arrangements and it’s not all raw power either.
The band effectively switches gears with the folksy, acoustic `In The Morning’ featuring Serena Ryder and the emotional `65 Roses’ written for their late agent, Paul Gourlie, who passed away a year ago from cystic fibrosis. Add a couple of infectious mid-tempo rockers like `Permanent Love’ and the lead off ‘What’s Fair is Fair’ and you have a superb CD that compliments the band’s riveting live performance. If there is any justice in this world, The Trews have fashioned a record that demands major radio airplay.
Download: Age of Miracles, In The Morning, What’s Fair is Fair
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