By Andy Hampton – Exclusive to The Trews Fans Network
To try and write a review for a Trews concert is like going to the moon. You know itʼll be amazing and incredible, itʼs just a question of what youʼll remember about it.
We caught the band in Louisville at Uncle Slaytonʼs, a place I recommend
because the acoustics are fantastic, and as a personal note, they keep their beer in ice cold metal tubs!
The Trews opened up for a local band, Poʼ Brothers, who I also suggest you give a listen to. Their lead singer had a bit of Kurt Cobain/Dave Grohl hybrid angst going on and it was fun to listen to.
The Trews kicked off with “The World I Know”, the ﬁrst of what would be 4 songs off their latest album Hope and Ruin. Immediately after “Know” they went right into “Not Ready To Go/30 Days in the Hole” which brought the small but vocal Louisville crowd a bit closer to the stage and had me whipped into a frenzy!
That was followed by “So Sheʼs Leaving”, “Canʼt Stop Laughing” and “Paranoid
Freak”. Thatʼs when I realized, I might be a bit out of shape. Thank goodness they slowed it down with “Love is The Real Thing” (personally, my least favorite song off the Hope album), then “Hope and Ruin”.
We were treated then to “Highway of Heroes” which much of the crowd was not familiar with, but the lyrics and spirit of the song quickly won over the entire bar. That was followed by the last of Hopeʼs material, “Dreamin’ Man”.
They followed the mellow sounds with a tribute to The Stampeders by playing
“Wild Eyes”. Being from Chicago, I honestly can say I wasnʼt familiar with the song or band, or that they were receiving a major award being presented to them by The Trews, but that song rocked.
Then it was time to turn it up to 11, as the played “Tired of Waiting”, “Poor Olʼ
Broken Hearted Me” and after their thank youʼs, closed with “Hold Me”…….or did they?
There may have been some crazy, wild Chicagoan screaming for one more song, that sounded like a good idea to rest of everyone there. When I explained that – when THAT person explained – they drove 8 hours to see THEM and they should do “People of The Deer”……the band agreed!
All were happy!
As typical with Trews concerts, the band is around after the show, signing
autographs, taking pictures, selling merchandise, and hanging out with everyone. These are the guys that live next door. They just happen to be rock stars.
I asked each guy ʻWhat would it take to get “Long Way From Freedom” tomorrow night in Cleveland. And guess what? Before they played it, Colin says ʻThis goes out to Andyʼ, and for the ﬁrst time in seven Trews concerts, I got to hear their most under-rated song.
Like a trip to the moon, this [past] weekend was amazing and incredible, but I think Iʼll stay here. With a band like The Trews around, why would you want to go anywhere else?
Thanks for sharing, Andy!