The Trews

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.

city guide:
Hamilton, ON, Canada
Nique Restaurant
"Nique for its great food, ambience, service and cocktail menu. My favorite thing to order there is the sushi nachos." — The Trews
Nique Restaurant, Vine Street, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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The Brain
"The Brain for it's unique dive bar charm and excellent selection of craft beers. I'd most likely order a locally brewed beer like Blue Collar Ale by the Hamilton Brewery." — The Trews
199 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L2, Canada
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Smalls Coffee
"Small's Coffee cause they are literally very small and only focus on making great coffee, and they are great people. I usually drink an americano with milk and honey." — The Trews
8 Cannon St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 1Z5, Canada
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Catherine North Studios
"It's a studio in an old church complete with stain glass windows in the tracking room for added light and inspiration. It's a great place to make a record!" — The Trews
255 Park St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1L9, Canada
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This Ain’t Hollywood
"It's the epitome of an old school Hamilton punk rock bar but hosts a wide array of live music on a nightly basis. And it has a great warm sound." — The Trews
This Ain't Hollywood, James Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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O’s Clothes
"Besides having a small but awesome assortment of clothing they are also a treasure trove of one of a kind trinkets, jewelery and rare finds." — The Trews
O's Clothes, James Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada
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Bruce Trail
"This trails runs from the Niagara escarpment all the way up to Tobermory ON (almost 900 kms!) and runs right through the heart of Hamilton. As you wander the trail you can take in breathtaking mountain top views of the city and a seemingly endless number of waterfalls." — The Trews
Bruce Trail, Miller Lake, ON, Canada
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