The Trews still finding success after two decades

By Stephen Moore
February 4, 2019 - 4:43pm Updated: February 4, 2019 - 5:22pm

It’s not every day you’ll find a band that consistently finds a way to bring something new to the table.

Legendary Juno nominated band, The Trews continue to deliver great music to their fans. They’re playing a sold-out show tonight at Bo’s Bar and Grill and are making one of their many returns to Red Deer.

Guitarist John-Angus MacDonald and bassist Jack Syperek stopped in for an interview with Peter Michaels at 106.7 THE DRIVE to talk about what the band’s been up to the past few months.

They spoke about the recent opportunity they had to perform on the CP Rail Holiday Train this past year and what the experience was like for them…

Jack: “Yeah there were some amazing crowds. Sometimes there would be like four thousand people crowded into the street. We would play our twenty-minute set then roll down the track. It was pretty wild. One of the coolest things was we’re rolling down the Mississippi for five days. Most of the stops in the first week were right along the Mississippi it was really cool.”

John-Angus: “The slowest day was two shows and the busiest day was six shows. Like Jack said you play twenty minutes and then it's like Elvis has left the building. You'll roll down the tracks, then an hour later you’d play for twenty minutes and then go back to your cabin or you go to the dining car and there’s a chef and it’s really nice.”

The Trews earned themselves another Juno nomination for “Rock Album of the Year” in 2019 with Civilianaires. Released in September 2018 from John-Angus’ perspective, this album has a certain sense of “maturity” to it compared to some of their earlier work.

John-Angus: “As we exit our 30s which is hard to believe, there’s a certain amount of taking stock that takes place and in the last four years in particular we had a lot of shake ups in the band personally and professionally. So that stuff rubs off. You gotta write from where you’re at so that’s what’s happened. I think as you get older too, you have to build a light at the end of the tunnel at a certain point. You don’t want to leave people with too much cynicism at the end of the day I don’t think.”

With the amount of touring the band’s done in their careers, they’ve had their share of sellout crowds. The Trews have a lot of great memories performing in Red Deer. John-Angus describes how important it was to have sellout crowds especially when The Trews were and up and coming band. 

John-Angus: “One of our first ever sellouts was in Red Deer at the firm. When you’re coming up, this was in 2003, 2004 something like that and hearing the words ‘sold out’ before we even got to town it was like ‘wow that’s great’. You know, we partied pretty hard that night. I think things got a little tangly.”

The Trews have had a tremendous amount of success and continue to grow, which speaks volumes to the pedigree and talent they have in the studio and with their live performances.

It’s safe to say they’ll continue their success for as long as they continue their musical journey.



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