Review by Woody
I stumbled across these guys recently and was intrigued by
their sound so when the opportunity came to review “Hope and Ruin” I thought it
was a prime chance to check The Trews out properly. Having never heard of The
Trews before I presumed they were new or relatively so, but after doing some
research I discovered these Canadians have been going for well over a decade!
These guys play a style of rock I find it very easy to chill
and relax too. I find something unique about the style of The Trews which really
appeals to me and the warm raspy vocals are definitely something I enjoy. I
think their middle of the road sound may divide fans, but I think everyone can
agree these guys can pen a memorable and atmospheric song.
The album opens with the quirky “The World I Know”, which
has a catchy chorus – I’ve always been a sucker for choruses with woooahh’s
woooahhh’s in there! It’s a simple but very effective song and an obvious
choice for a single. “One By One” is laid back with an almost country vibe –
There is a great sway to this song and whilst not having obvious hooks it
really does stick with you. I really like Colin MacDonald’s vocal style on this
track. “Misery Loves Company” is an upbeat alt rocker which really puts me in
mind of Soul Asylum and it has a really memorable chorus.
“People Of The Deer” is a mid-tempo rocker with a bit of
swagger to it but it fails to kick in and has me pressing the next button every
time. “Stay With Me” has some atmospheric guitars which I really like. It’s an
atmospheric laid back ballad with a sweeping chorus which is instantly
memorable. The title track “Hope & Ruin” made me instantly think of Train.
It’s an atmospheric mid tempo rocker which really stands out. The guitar hook
is awesome and the vocal melodies and harmonies are killer.
“If You Wanna Start Again” is a laid back Counting Crows
style song, very easy on the ears, but it doesn’t really stand out. My
favourite song is “I’ll Find Someone Who Will” which is Americana but with a pop element to it. I really
took to this song and found myself nodding my head and singing along. It has a
great vibe and some awesome guitar riffs. “Dreaming Man” is a sweeping,
atmospheric slice of Americana
and it’s another easy on the ears song but it doesn’t demand repeat plays.
Although it is fantastic relaxing background music.
“Love is The Real Thing” is a song Springsteen and Petty
would be proud of. An upbeat rocker which fans of the above will cream their
pants too! “Burned” has a funky 70’s psychedelic laid back vibe with a strong
memorable vocal melody on the chorus – now pass that joint over! “You Gotta Let
Me In” has fantastic guitar playing and strong vocals which are extremely
memorable. A song with a haunting quality which is a great track to end with as
it’s a real stand out. Expect to hear this on an American TV show montage soon!
I’m a little shocked these guys aren’t better known here in
the UK as their sound would really appeal to the average Classic Rock fan. You
can hear their love of the Americana
sound in their songs, with Springsteen & Petty instantly coming to mind
whilst listening to this album. Although the band have a modern twist and
quirkiness and also bring to mind Alt rockers Soul Asylum, Counting Crows, Gin
Blossoms and probably most alike Train.