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No Time For Later

by The Trews

A shrewd marriage of new and classic rock. Their reputation is built on buffed and visceral rock songs, but on this record, they cohere like never before.
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1. No Time For Later
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2. Dark Highway
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3. Be Love
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4. I Feel The Rain
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5. Paranoid Freak
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6. I Can't Stop Laughing
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7. Man Of Two Minds
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8. Hold Me In Your Arms
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9. Gun Control
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10. Will You Wash Away
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11. End Of The Line
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12. Burning Wheels
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13. Ocean's End
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Album Notes
Having solidly established themselves in Canada with two Gold albums, six Top 10 singles (including two #1’s at Rock radio) and multiple videos in Heavy rotation (including the current one), THE TREWS are ready to launch their new album, No Time For Later .

The bands first single, “Hold Me In Your Arms” has been climbing at Rock Radio and is now crossing to Modern Rock. Since the release of their 2003 debut, House of Ill Fame, THE TREWS have become one of Canada’s most recognized bands.

“For the past five years, we’ve enjoyed the success that we’ve earned in Canada. Not only have we learned a lot about the business but we’ve also matured both personally and musically. I think No Time For Later reflects this,” said vocalist Colin MacDonald.

No Time For Later was recorded with producers Gus Van Go and Werner F.
(Priestess, The Stills)

THE TREWS’ technical proficiency and raw devotion are not limited to their recordings. Heralded as “One of the hottest live bands in Canada”, THE TREWS are no strangers to the stage, having performed with such superstar performers as Guns N’ Roses, Nickelback, Robert Plant, Status Quo and The Rolling Stones.

“Performing 500 plus shows over the past three and a half years has made us a pretty tight and connected group,” said guitarist and vocalist John-Angus
MacDonald. “Playing that many shows is hard work but it pays off, we’ve emerged as a stronger band, both as friends and musicians.”

You can hear it in the first four bars of the album. A meaty, beaty, big and bouncy drum fill, followed by a glistening guitar line that could have been ripped from an old Rockpile album, and a breathy Hammond B3 so beautifully captured that it seems to conjure the dimensions of the room it sits in. It’s huge, but intimate. Heavy, but airborne. And the hook is strong enough that you could hang a whale from it.

“In the end, we made sort of a two sided record,” says Trews guitarist John Angus MacDonald, of the band’s third album, No Time for Later. “It’s some of the heaviest stuff we’ve done, but it’s also some of the most out there artistically that we’ve ever laid down.”

Too true. The Trews’ reputation is built on buffed and visceral rock songs, but on No Time for Later they cohere like never before. The structures are more compelling, the playing is more articulate, and the results more nourishing. If it’s the shrewd marriage of new and classic rock that accounts for the Trews’ remarkable multi-generational appeal – meaning they’re as welcome on MuchMusic as they are inside the pages of the UK’s Classic Rock magazine – then No Time for Later finds the band expanding at both ends of the spectrum.

“Ocean’s End” clads Jack Syperek’s willowy bassline in AC/DC’s crunch, and then breaks down into phosphene psychedelia. In the snakey single, “Hold Me in Your Arms”, the Trews use a buzzsaw to mediate between the re-tooled 21st Century radio rock of Velvet Revolver, and the righteous groove of off-road, resin-stained headbangers like Fu Manchu. Similarly, “Burning Wheels” is a Tom Petty riff given a nitro injection and mag wheels. And that unhinged solo about half way through? “That’s Colin’s only solo,” confides John Angus with a chuckle, referring to his brother, vocalist-guitarist Colin MacDonald. “He wanted to do a solo, so we said, ‘Okay, fine,’ and that’s what came out. It’s like Kurt Cobain or something. It’s just, like, unbridled fucking craziness. It’s totally animal.”

Continues John Angus, “But you need places to go. So much as you’d like to keep a somewhat consistent sound, if you want to keep making records that are at all interesting or fun to listen to, you gotta go places.”

So where did the Trews go? According to Colin, “We were always big fans of CCR and REM and stuff, and those influences had to come out sooner or later. At one point we wanted to take everything off the record that sounded remotely heavy. We wanted to make a total roots rock album.”

They didn’t of course – there’s no “unbridled fuckin’ craziness” on Murmur or Willy and the Poor Boys - but No Time for Later is elevated by a softer touch on tracks like the Fogerty-rooted “I Feel the Rain”, or the inspired “Will You Wash Away”, where melancholy meets uplift in a chorus that seems to enter the song sideways. If anything on the album points to their growth, it’s this song. Colin can’t say where it came from. Maybe he did what Neil Young claims to do, and channeled it.

“I can only hope,” he says. “I just don’t know, because I’ve spent a lot of time working my ass off on songs that ended up being shitty, and this one literally came out really, really quickly. Me and John Angus were sitting around listening to Cat Steven’s Tea for the Tillerman, and we started jamming on this tune, and it literally came in five minutes. Honestly, that’s the most unconscious song I’ve ever ever come up with. It literally just came out.”

Colin name checks Randy Newman as another abiding influence, which accounts for the sly sense of irony that pervades No Time for Later. “I Can’t Stop Laughing” addresses grief with a manic Celtic romp, propelled by Sean Dalton’s mighty tom workout; the furious “Gun Control” begins with a placid slide-guitar straight out of Ry Cooder’s Paris, Texas soundtrack; “Paranoid Freak” uses a skittery piano figure to capture the prevailing mood of our time, derived from all the hours the band has endured cooling its boots at US boarder crossings. And in the extraordinary “Man of Two Minds”, the Trews have produced a hymn to the worst corners of male psychology, dressed up in a romantic waltz-time melody worthy of Burt Bacharach.

“A scumbag song,” claims Colin.

“I thought it was hilarious,” adds John Angus. “It’s so blatant, (but) it’s honest. That’s the key.”

In total, No Time for Later represents a major graduation for the band, right down to the Ralph Steadman-by-way-of-Warhol cover art designed by Syperek. Incredibly, it was the counter-intuitive approach of producers Gus Van Go and Werner F that the Trews credit for the breakthrough. The first thing the team did was take one of the best live rock acts on the planet, break it down to its constituent parts, and – starting with drummer Dalton -record each member separately in a painstaking exercise that Colin only half-jokingly describes as “our Rumours.”

Syperek admits to being out of his comfort zone. “To tell you the truth, I wanted everybody in my headphones while I was playing,” he says. “I thought I would get more feeling. But as we got into it, it allowed me to listen to my parts and make them better, and go back, and improve things.” The bassist is one of the best feel musicians out there, but he’s convinced by the results. “This is the next step,” he concludes.

Colin adds, “We wanted to go with younger guys who had a bit more to prove. And they were as hungry as we are. Guys who were willing to stay up for twenty-four hours to make sure a certain song didn’t come off cheesy.”

“I don’t think we’ve ever been worked so hard by producers,” continues John Angus, who was looking for “a general vibe that we haven’t quite nailed in the studio yet. It was kind of like the first time we worked with Gordie (Johnson), where everything was new and a challenge. The only difference is back then we kinda sucked.”

His modesty aside, John Angus can rest assured that their efforts have yielded the most fully formed work of the band’s already impressive career. All that remains is the listening. And this bio, of course; custom-designed to make you hear the record.

“Bios are usually so embarrassingly flattering of the band,” snorts John Angus. “This band fucking GETS RAWK! Then you listen to it, and you’re like, wha…?”

Readers should be advised that in this case, the praise couldn’t be any more sincere.


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Trewly a Great Album
Been a fan of the Trews since I first heard Not Ready To Go on The Fox, so needless to say I was eagerly anticipating this album. The boys did not disappoint! NTFL features some of their hardest songs to date, and easily their best lyrical work so far. Such a rich and deep album, you'll find yourself with a new favorite track with each listen.

Dennis F.

No Time For Later
These guys are the real deal. My sister took me to see them at the Magic Bag in Ferndale Mi. and they blew the roof off the place. High quality material with no filler is what you can expect if you buy this album. I will be looking to see when they make it back to this area and will be the first in line to get tickets. "Pranoid Freak" rocks!!!!!!!!!!!

Jane Lee

No time for later, buy it now!
'No Time for Later' is a great step forward for The Trews. The album is a lot more rock n roll their previous record, 'Den of Thieves.' The album's gritty rock n roll edge can best be heard in 'Burning wheels' and 'Hold Me In Your Arms.' The first single off the record, 'Hold Me...,' is an anthem in and of itself and has received great press for the group and is the band's first #1 single on the Much Music Countdown.

The band ventures away from their typical pop/rock songs with the song 'Gun Control.' The sing is a look at the controversial topic of school shootings in America. The lyrics "freedom to take other people's freedom away" resonates the point of the ever popular debate.

'Man of two minds' seems to be the most personal song on the record and, for that, will receive much commercial success. The song is about a man who can't let go of his past love and who struggles with the love he has now.

I love this album and you will too, so buy it!

Travis McCarron

No Time For Later = AMAZING!
The trews new record, No time for later is one of the best rock n roll albums to emerge in probably the last 10 years. From footstomping songs such as hold me in your arms and burning wheels, to the slower more heart felt songs such as man of two minds and end of the line, the trews prove that they are here to stay and that they are ready to take their place among rock n rolls legends. Not often does every song on a record have single ability and this is one of those albums. I highly recommend this to anyone who is lost in a musically world of boy bands and pretenders. This is real rock n roll.


"No Time For Later" moves the Trews forward
"No Time For Later" is the third release by Canadian rock band The Trews, and it finds them moving in the same direction as the first two CDs but doing it in a slightly different way.

We still have the hook-laden, guitar-filled, heavy rock anthems, such as "Hold Me In Your Arms", "Burning Wheels", "Dark Highway", and "Be Love". We still have the signature vocal sound of Colin MacDonald up front and centre, we still have the classic-rock-inspired lead guitar riffs of John Angus MacDonald, and we still have the crunchy, solid bottom end of bassist Jack Syperek and drummer Sean Dalton. All the elements are there that have propelled this quartet to the top of the Canadian charts three CDs in a row.

The difference lies in two things: the production and the introduction of the acoustic guitar as the prominent stringed instrument.

This time the band went with Gus Van Go and Werner F as their production team, ostensibly to get that more modern sound these two are famous for, with previous production credits going to Priestess, the Stills, Caffeine, and others. They got that sound alright, and while I personally prefer the rounder, warmer tones on "Den Of Thieves", there is no denying that "No Time For Later" packs a pretty firm wallop all 'round, with crisper, more defined sounds from all the instruments and vocals. It is particularly evident in the ferocious "Gun Control", which has Colin raging against the Virginia Tech murders in a way that doesn't leave much of your face left afterwards in a very pleasant way.

It also shows in "Feel The Rain", "Man Of Two Minds" and "Will You Wash Away", all of which bring the acoustic guitar to prominence for the first time in the band's recorded career. The band has always shown a certain amount of introspection in their music ("Travelling Kind" from "Den Of Thieves" and "Hope" from "House Of Ill Fame" spring immediately to mind here), but these three songs from "No Time For Later" show a maturing of lyrics and arrangement that are welcome breaks in the musical onslaught of the harder songs. Of particular note is "Man Of Two Minds", easily one of the prettiest and most honest songs released on a rock record in many years.

The other song to pay attention to is the latest single, "Paranoid Freak". This piano-driven funky tune about being a little too suspicious for one's own good chugs along incessantly, making it extremely difficult to stay still when listening to it, while at the same time lodging the chorus so firmly in your head that you WILL sing it for hours afterwards.

Although some of the songs leave me personally quite cold, there really isn't a "bad" tune on this CD; everything serves a particular purpose and everything hits its target bang-on. There's quite literally something for everyone on this album, and you won't go wrong buying this one. You won't regret it either.