By Trevor Morelli
CALGARY – When asked to cover a Rush tune for the 40th anniversary reissue of the band’s seminal 1977 album, A Farewell to Kings, The Trews were more than happy to get on board.
“I think we started to appreciate Rush more once we got in a band and just sort of came to appreciate how unique they really are, like how truly themselves they’ve always been,” offers lead guitarist John-Angus MacDonald.
“That’s sort of rare, you know? I feel like Rush is one of those bands that’s always marched to the beat of their own drummer and they’ve never really compromised what they do. And then, of course, a few of their jams are sick, so they’re a lot of fun to play.”
The re-issue of Rush’s A Farewell to Kings released Dec. 1 and also includes covers by Big Wreck, Dream Theater, and Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Chris Cornell).
“We got a nice note from Alex (Lifeson, guitar) and from Geddy (Lee, vocals) saying how much they appreciate it and they thought we did a great job, which was nice to see.”
Looking ahead, The Trews have been hard at work laying down tracks for their new album. Their goal is to have a single out in the spring with the full-length record to follow before summer.
“I think we have one of the strongest collections of songs we’ve had going into a project since our first record just because we took so much time,” MacDonald elaborates.
“Ultimately the last full studio album release was 2014, so that’s a really big gap. We did put a record out and we did tour, but it was greatest hits, so we’ve been amassing songs for like 3 years and we’ve been really picky and choosy, and really diligent, working hard on them, so I feel like we’re going into the project with a bunch of good tunes.”
They might even debut some new songs at their annual New Year’s Eve show.
“We play almost every New Year’s. I think we’ve had like two off since we started the band. I think we prefer it that way. On the biggest party night of the year, you might as well be the party. We like it. It’s a pretty massive celebration,” says MacDonald
The Trews will be playing their New Year’s Eve concert on Dec. 31 at The Deerfoot Inn and Casino (Calgary).Maritime, rock, The Deerfoot Inn and Casino, The Trews