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The Trews truly tear the roof off Average Joes

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The Trews played a hot, hit heavy, high energy at Average, Joes, March 6 which a sold out crowd screamed, cheered and sang along with.
Thunder Bay born, Toronto based indie-rock band The Poor Young Things were up first with a brief set of original, catchy pop tinged indie rock with a lot of vocal harmonies and catchy guitars as the band jumped all over the stage, while the crowd slowly edged closer to the front of the stage, nodding their heads in time to the music by the end of their set.

Thunder Bay born Trews kThe Trews Colin MacDonald belting out the hits, March 6. Photo by Richard Ameryeyboardist Jeff Heisholt, who got them involved with the Trews joined the Poor Young Things on stage for about half of their set.

 But the Trews were who everyone was there to see.
After a brief pipe infused intro, a slideshow of psychedelic images played on the movie screen set above the stage, with different images relating to each song playing throughout the show.

 Their long set was not only chock full of hits but heavy on their new CD “Hope and Ruin.

 The Trews showed they came to rock the joint as they came roaring out of the gate with  their latest  big hit “The World, I Know,” from the new CD and blasted into the huge Govt. Mule tinged riff heavy “People of the Deer,” one of my absolute favourites from the new CD.

But they showed early on that the Trews were “Not Ready to Go,” yet early in the show as they played their first big hit.

Then it was time for the hits past and present.

 They crashed into classic rock smash ‘30 Days in The Hole,’ and mowed through their own repertoire of hits including ‘So She’s Leaving,’ and ‘Paranoid Freak,’ which had most of the audience of beautiful women singing along with every word. The audience was happy to ‘Sing Your Hearts Out,’ during another hit.The Trews Colin MacDonald belting out the hits, March 6. Photo by Richard Amery
 They interspersed several slower numbers including ‘Hope and Ruin,’ the title track of the new CD.

 They sure know how to play, they shared vocal harmonies and guitar solos, lead singer/ guitarist Colin MacDonald strutted all over the stage with late ’70s/ ’80s bombast like a young Joe Cocker. He stepped back as his brother and lead guitarist Angus took solos, bassist Jack Syperek would step forward to add background vocals through Angus MacDonald‘s mic.

 Drummer Sean Dalton took a couple big drum solos and held a steady beat. Everybody soloed on ‘One By One’ from the new CD.
 They went acoustic for a moment and, after a long, extended, delay drenched Angus MacDonald guitar solo, did something special for their hit ‘Highway of Heroes.’ They asked the audience to move back four feet from the stage to make room for the Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums, as Colin MacDonald promised  “Don’t worry, this will be cool.”Colin and Angus MacDonald. Photo By Richard Amery

 From the back of the room, I couldn’t hear anything from the Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums, though the screen showing pictures of veterans  during the song was very moving.
 Their big hit ‘Tired of Waiting,’ evolved into an extended jam which segued into ˙Hey Jude,’ then back again.

 They wound down their set on another adrenaline soaked note by playing the punk flavoured  ‘Misery Loves Company,” another one of my favourites from the new CD.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor


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