The Trews touring through Kamloops following first album in four years

The Hamilton, Ontario-based hard rock band The Trews is coming to Kamloops to play Cactus Jack’s Nightclub, and the band’s guitarist says he’s glad to be on the road again — with some reservations.

“There’s always a bitter sweet component because I have a young family at home,” said John-Angus MacDonald.

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“But I miss it when I’m not doing it.”

The tour is in support of their latest album, Civilianaires, which was recorded in late 2017 and early 2018 and released in September of last year.

It’s their first album since 2014, and MacDonald said that getting the record together was a bit of a process.

“It had been awhile,” he said. “We had amassed a lot of material.”

He said they’re happy with how the album turned out and that waiting to put it together ultimately paid off.

“The songs have legs,” he said. “We’re pretty proud of them.”

But as proud of the album as he and the rest of the band are, MacDonald said that’s not always where you find the best version of a song.

“They grow,” MacDonald said. “That’s what happens with songs.

“It’s a shame that the optimal version of songs is never captured on a record. The album is always the starting point.”

This album and tour mark some of the first work of their new drummer Chris Gormley.

MacDonald said the new band-mate has brought an interesting dynamic to the band, as he was someone who was already a fan of The Trews.

“I think he likes the catalogue,” MacDonald said with a laugh.

Their tour will bring them to Kamloops for a performance at Cactus Jack’s on Jan. 20 and MacDonald noted that the show would also feature Kelowna band The Carbons as the opener.

“I was out in Kelowna last year, in November, to produce some songs for them,” he said. “They’re sort of up and coming, the stuff I did for them should be getting released in the next few months.

“Get there early and check out the up and coming stuff.”

MacDonald said that The Trews were looking forward to getting back to the west coast again, and Kamloops in particular.

“We always look forward to it.” He said. “It’s a beautiful part of the country, physically it’s stunning.”

Tickets for the show are available online at

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