Couched within the power rock of “No Time For Later,” the latest album from the Canadian quartet The Trews, is a mature and provocative world view — at least frontman Colin MacDonald hopes so.
“We’re trying to point to a new direction and be a little bit hopeful and try to write our way to a better future,” says MacDonald, 31, who co-founded The Trews in Nova Scotia and subsequently relocated it to Toronto. “I think that’s what everybody is trying to do right now with the way the world is changing so much; as opposed to dwelling on being a paranoid freak or having gun control, trying to go somewhere else.
“So we’re saying, ‘What’s the alternative? What’s the next step? What can we say in our music and in our lyrics that is going to give people a new kind of slant on things and a little bit of hope — without being too corny or cheesy.’ ”
MacDonald isn’t sure that “No Time For Later,” The Trews’ third full-length album, fully achieves that. But he says the group has been writing and hopes to dig deeper into the same territory next time out.
“I think the next record will give people an answer — at least our answer,” he says. “Sure, things are (messed) up, but you’ve got to point to a new place and then go there all together. It ain’t gonna be that easy.”
The Trews and Z02 perform Saturday (Aug. 8) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.