You’d think a celebrated veteran band like The Trews — with countless radio hits, ecstatic fans from Dublin to Des Moines plus multiple EPs, a pair of live albums and a retrospective — would regard studio album number six as a cinch. Yet you’d be dead wrong. In what can only be described as a rage against stasis, The Trews approached Civilianaires, their electrifying and wildly original follow-up to 2014’s The Trews, the way a contractor tackles a kitchen reno: tearing things down to the studs, then building out piece by new piece. It was a fearless endeavor, and will no doubt be heralded as one of the best rock albums of the year. As for the band’s hometown, they have this to say:
“Music is everywhere in Hamilton so it’s easy to stay inspired. Combine that with an endless array of unique individuals that populate the place and you have a bit of a songwriters paradise!”
Civilianaires is out September 14. Listen to single “Bar Star” below and read on for their hometown guide.