Way too many supposedly “Hard Rock” bands these days make music that’s easily revealed to be merely boilerplate Emo from hyper-stylized pretty boys who wish they had the nads to be Stone Temple Pilots circa 1993. But I was alive while Led Zeppelin were still recording new albums. I am not fooled. If you can’t rock me, please don’t try to get in the game.
It doesn’t surprise to learn that the authentically hard rocking quartet called The Trews are from Canada, where music hasn’t yet completely sold out to the Auto-Tune Gods, and that they’ve been doing this Rock Thing for over ten years. Because you can fucking tell. “What’s Fair Is Fair” is a song that gets better and more compelling upon each listen. Musically, try to imagine the dark, broody longing of Pearl Jam’s “Black” delivered with the energy, urgency and precision of STP’s “Interstate Love Song.” Yeah, pretty great. But they keep you engaged visually as well, with literal shooting sparks that race through the support pillars of a darkened, empty warehouse while vocalist Colin MacDonald tells the familiar tale of a relationship destroyed by what was said that should not have been, and what was left unsaid. Simple. Brilliant. Rock.
“What’s Fair Is Fair” is the latest single off the band’s self-titled album, which was released in April, and is available wherever fine music is procured. Enjoy!
See The Trews on tour now!
June 9 – Watertown, NY – The Ballroom @ Savory Downtown
June 10 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
June 11 – New York, NY – The Bowery Electric
June 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Hard Rock Café
June 15 – Washington, DC – DC9
June 16 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
June 18 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR
June 19 – Louisville, KY – The New Vintage
June 24 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
June 25 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest – Uline Warehouse Stage – 8pm
June 27 –Detroit, MI – The Shelter
June 28 – Toledo, OH – Frankies Inner-City