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Econoline Crush coping with transition

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Econoline Crush is a band in transition.
 They had a string of mid-’90s hits including including “All That You Are” “Surefire,” “Razorblades and Band-Aids” and “Sparkle and Shine” which they will be playing at Average Joes, Oct. 1.
“It’s a transition period for the band,” explained lead singer Trevor Hurst.

 He noted the band doesn’t tEconoline Crush lead singer Trevor Hurst  will be back in Lethbridge with his band, Oct. 1.Photo by Richard Amery our often as the band members are busy with families and other projects, so any time they play is special.

“We’re all at a different place in our lives, Ziggy (Sigmund, lead guitarist) is a yoga instructor,” he said.
“ You have to make choices. I love my family and kids and don’t want to be away for long,” he said.

 They look up to fellow Vancouver based band 54 40 who combine family and being a touring musician.

“54-40 is a band that was able to do it and they’ve been around for 30 years. There was a time in the ’80s and ’90s where they struggled. When  they started they were an alternative band, but they became more mainstream,” he said.
 They hadn’t played together for a year before guitarists Ziggy Sigmund and Robbie Morfitt rejoined Hurst in summer 2010 to create their first songs since 1998’s “The Devil You Know” album.

 They released their EP  “The People Have Spoken Vol. 1.” in 2011.

They fact they haven’t played togehter as much as they used to, makes every show extra special.
“We play each show like it was our last,” Hurst said.

“ We don’t play the U.S. very much, because those are really long tours. So we’ll be playing a lot in Canada,” he said adding this tour focuses on Alberta for a week which begins in Lethbridge.

“Shows are special. I think we’re playing better than ever,” he said.

“Alberta is great and Saskatchewan is becoming good too because the economy is good there. We‘re played Toronto and they see a lot of shows so it’s like they say ‘all right, now impress me,’ but we’ll play a place like Weyburn and audiences will be rabid,” he described.

Their show takes the audience back to the very beginning of their career to brand new material.

“It’s a set we play right from the beginning. All of the radio stuff, a couple of new songs. We’ll play ‘TDM’ from our very first EP that was our first song on Much Music to songs like ‘Thorn’ from our  three-P.
They are also deciding how to market the new music in the Internet age and plan on recording another new EP.

“We’re looking forward to playing. If you haven’t seen us before. Come and see the show. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
Tickets for the show cost  $20. The Jesse Roads band opens the show at 9 p.m.

—by Richard Amery, L.A Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 September 2012 11:25 )  
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