Venerable east coast rockers The Trews stopped by the The Phoenix this past Saturday night, playing hits from across their decade-plus career in support of their greatest hits album Time Capsule.
With their big riffs and thunderous rhythms the Canadian alt-rock heroes shook the very foundation of the club, with the crowd jumping nonstop through more than several songs. Songs like “Chinese Kites”, “Poor Old Broken Hearted Me” and “So She’s Leaving” had the crowd simultaneously singing every word and raising their fists with vigour. Singer Colin MacDonald and his powerful, iconic voice tore through the air as he pushed it to the limit on hit songs like “Tired of Waiting”.
Speaking of iconic, MacDonald recalled that the band had played the Phoenix before- when they opened for the world’s biggest rock band The Rolling Stones. Worthy openers, for sure.
There were not one but two acoustic sets nestled into the night’s performance, one in the middle of the set and the other kicking off an encore. The first was graced with a surprise visit from none other than another Canadian alternative artist- Serena Ryder. Joining singer MacDonald on stage for the duet “In the Morning”, she brought some wonderful harmonies to the song.
The second acoustic set also featured something special, with the entire band doing group vocals around MacDonald for their sombre “Highway of Heroes”. The mood returned to triumphant soon after with the band finishing off the night with the song that put them on the map, “Not Ready to Go”. It’s been an exciting 14 years with the Trews, let’s see what the future holds.