The Trews open acoustic tour in New Glasgow

Amanda Jess
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The hard rock sound many have come to expect from The Trews will be missing from their next tour, which takes them across the Atlantic provinces for two weeks in November.

The Trews kick off their Atlantic Canada acoustic tour at Glasgow Square on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. 

Instead, it’ll be replaced with an acoustic sound that highlights aspects of the band that people may not know exist.

“It’s more intimate,” said lead vocalist Colin MacDonald. “We get to play a lot of different songs we wouldn’t normally play at our loud rock shows. It highlights the harmonies and vocals a lot more.”

Their last acoustic tour was only in 2012, but 2013 will mark the year they bring the softer sounds to New Glasgow.

They’ll also be adding a few new songs to the repertoire. The band just finished recording a new album with producer Gavin Brown, who has worked with the likes of Metric, the Tragically Hip and Three Days Grace.

“He’s a genius. He’s an amazing producer, one of the better producers we’ve worked with,” said MacDonald. “He got us sounding pretty cool. We experimented a lot with different guitar sounds, a spacer kind of sound for certain songs.”

The album hasn’t been mixed yet, but MacDonald said the playbacks they’ve heard have the band pretty excited about it.

They plan to play three or four songs in their acoustic set, but want to leave many of the tracks a secret until the record comes next year.

“We’re really excited about the material. We worked hard on it. We’ve been writing since January. I feel like it’s amongst our best stuff.”

The Trews celebrated their 10-year anniversary since their debut studio album, House of Ill Fame, this past summer.

That decade has flew by for the band, performing more than 1,000 live shows with well-known names such as the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and KISS.

They’re happy to still be in the business with no regrets, MacDonald said, adding that the last 10 years have added up to many performances, plenty of song writing and endless amounts of fun.

As with any long-term band, their sound has evolved.

“We’ve gotten a lot better at our craft,” he said. “We’ve gotten better as musicians. We’ve gotten better as a band. That’s all you can really hope for, that you’re improving and trying new things, exploring new elements of your sound. We’ve gotten older and things change whether you like it or not. And you kind of have to roll with it.”

Although based in Toronto now, the band hails from Antigonish. New Glasgow is their only northern Nova Scotia show and they’re looking forward to coming back.

“We always have great gigs in New Glasgow. It’s a great town. Seems like there’s a lot of music fans there. A lot of rock fans.”

The show MacDonald has dubbed “a hell of a time” starts at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

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Organizations: Tragically Hip, Rolling Stones

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Toronto, Antigonish

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