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THE TREWS To Release 'Friends & Total Strangers' October 6th

  • News // » by: Chris Gonda on Sep 15, 2009 at 02:44PM
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The Trews, perhaps most commonly known as a hard rock band, today announced the release of 'Friends & Total Strangers', a CD/DVD release which showcases their acoustic side. Recorded live from acoustic shows they performed at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Theatre in early 2009, 'Friends & Total Strangers' will be released on October 6 in both audio and video formats. In the spirit of celebrating their less-electrified but no less electrifying set, they will also embark on a cross-Canada tour in November and December.

'Friends & Total Strangers' features previously unreleased songs, some of which were left out of previous releases, some of which are brand-new, such as the first single “Sing Your Heart Out”, and even an unexpected cover in the form of Joe Tex’s “The Love You Save” –the side-effect of viewing Death Proof on the tour bus. There are no overdubs or post-production ‘fixes’ in the audio and F&TS comes just as it was in house on the night. The DVD also includes behind-the-scenes footage, videos from No Time For Later, archival footage from touring and studio over the years, and is presented in 5.1 Surround Sound.

The Trews are surely known as a hard-rocking Canadian band but an indie music junket to Japan in 2008 resulted in an acoustic set at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo. It was so well received that the band was convinced they should embark on similar concerts on home turf. John-Angus MacDonald explains “we thought that it was different enough from what we do to merit its own 90-minute performance. A lot of these songs are strummed on acoustic guitars first anyway. It's where they've come from.” Brother Colin MacDonald expands further: “we've always had this other side of us, which is three acoustic guitars and a hand drum. We used to busk in this way and people would stop to listen to the harmonies. It shines a different light on the band; it's not just the loud, in-your-face bar rock. I don't think there are a lot of bands out there who do the harmony thing, outside of pop groups.” Defying convention, defining remarkable -experience The Trews as a friend or total stranger this fall.

DVD Track Listing:

Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me
Paranoid Freak
Den of Thieves
Yearning
The Travelling Kind
When You Leave
I Can’t Stop Laughing
Locked Doors
Hollis & Morris
Fleeting Trust
Gun Control
Montebello Park
Tired of Waiting
The Love You Save
Sing Your Heart Out
Man Of Two Minds
Ishmael & Maggie
So She’s Leaving
Hold Me In Your Arms
You’re So Sober
The Pearl
How’s Everything?
Served My Time

CD Track Listing:

Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me
Den of Thieves
The Travelling Kind
When You Leave
I Can’t Stop Laughing
Locked Doors
Fleeting Trust
Gun Control
Tired of Waiting
The Love You Save
Sing Your Heart Out
Man Of Two Minds
Ishmael & Maggie
So She’s Leaving
Hold Me In Your Arms

Canadian Tour Dates:

11/04 - North Bay, ON - The Wall - Nippissing U
11/05 - Cobalt, ON - Classic Theatre
11/06 - Parry Sound, ON - Charles W. Stockey Centre
11/10 - Picton, ON - Regent Theatre
11/11 - Hamilton, ON - Studio Theatre
11/13 - London, ON - London Music Hall
11/14 - Sarnia, ON - The Industry Theatre
11/16 - Sault Ste Marie, ON - The Grand Theatre
11/18 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Center
11/19 - Regina, SK - The Drink
11/20 - Calgary, AB - Orpheus Theatre - SAIT
11/21 - Edmonton, AB - Myer Horowitz Theatre
11/23 - Campbell River, BC - Tidemark Theatre
11/24 - Nanaimo, BC - Port Theatre
11/25 - Maple Ridge, BC - Arts Centre
11/27 - Vancouver, BC - The Rio Theatre
11/28 - Whistler, BC - Garibaldi Lift Company
11/30 - Fort St John, BC - Lido Theatre
12/01 - Drayton, Valley, AB - Max Centre
12/02 - Slave Lake, AB - The Ridge
12/05 - Thunder Bay, ON - C2
12/11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
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