The Trews, the Canadian rock band, consisting of vocalist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek and drummer Chris Gormley, are hitting the road with new music.

During an exclusive interview, band members John-Angus MacDonald and Colin MacDonald talked about the production of their newest album Civilianaires.

“It’s a bit of a departure sonically, but we’re pretty proud of the songs. We wrote a whole bunch of them for this record and narrowed it down to like 13 best ones. It’s a good rock and roll album, we took some sonic risks,” Colin told uInterview. “At the heart of it, it’s still us”

Colin revealed that some of his favorite songs from the album are, “Time’s Speeding Up,” “Harder To Love,” and “No More Saying Goodbye.” “I mean I love them all,” Colin said. “They’re just really fun to play live, I like the words, I sing so I’m proud of the tunes. They feel good and they’re working really well live.”

The Trews came together over 15 years ago. In the summer of 2002, the band entered Rocksearch, a contest held annually by CHTZ-FM, a St. Catharines rock radio station. After winning the contest, they soon landed a recording contract with Bumstead Productions, where they later released their first full-length album House of III Fame in 2003 which has been certified gold in Canada. The album contained singles, “Every Inambition,” “Tired of Waiting,” “Fleeting Trust,” “Confessions,” and “Not Ready to Go,” which hit number one on the Canadian rock radio and became the most played song of 2004. 


In 2004, the band was also nominated as New Group of the Year at the Juno Awards and “Not Ready to Go” was nominated as Single of the Year in 2005. The same year, The Trews were invited to share the stage with the Rolling Stones at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto as part of the Stones Bigger Bang Tour. 

Since then, the band has released three EPs, two live albums, one video album, three studio albums, and is now onto their most recently released fourth studio album, Civilianaires. 

For the rest of the year, The Trews will be on tour.

“We’re going from the west coast to Canada all the way to the east coast starting in like late January all those dates are up on our site,”  John-Angus said.

The band has also recently announced that they will be taking part in this years Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. This will be the first time the band has toured by train, which is something they have always wanted to do. As part of the Holiday Train, they will also have the chance to raise money and collect food for food banks across America. 

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