Volume 91, Issue 66

Tuesday, January 27, 1998



Treblecharging roots

©Gazette File Photo
WE'RE MUCH MORE EXCITING WITH INSTRUMENTS, OR SMALL FURRY ANIMALS. Not looking particularly excited about posing for this photo, Treblecharger is destined to be more interesting in concert at Call the Office tomorrow night.

By Shawn Despres

Gazette Staff

Treblecharger is one Canadian band that just refuses to stop. After releasing two albums on Hamilton's Sonic Unyon Records, the Sault Ste. Marie quartet signed with RCA/BMG in 1996. In May of 1997 they released their latest album, Maybe It's Me.

Trevor MacGregor, the drummer for Treblecharger, says the band actually likes being on a major label. Having joined the band just after they had signed to RCA/BMG, MacGregor remembers the band was still in the learning process of what actually happens at a major label.

"It can be frustrating at times, but it can also be very very cool," he said. "I mean, we've been given opportunities that we'd never get had we been on Sonic Unyon."

Some of these opportunities have included opening spots on the Foo Fighters' and Dandy Warhol's North American tours.

In the past, Treblecharger has been a huge supporter of Canadian independent music. In 1995, when they released their second album, Self=Title, they included on it a three hour CD-Rom screen zine featuring over 30 of Canada's top indie bands. When RCA/BMG re-released the album in 1996, the band chose to include a sampler cassette featuring music from indie bands such as Sianspheric, Grand Theft Canoe and London's own Scratching Post and The New Grand.

"We're in a fortunate position because we can help out other bands," explains MacGregor. "Other Canadian bands have helped us out and we're just trying to return the favour. There are lot of amazing Canadian bands a lot of people just don't hear about. We're all big music fans and we just love to turn people on to new types of music."

The band plans on continuing to support independent music in the future. "We're actually going to be putting out a compilation very soon. It's a collaborative effort between our own label (Smokin' Worm) and a new label called Teenage U.S.A. It's going to feature a lot of Canadian and American indie bands that we have discovered this year."

When discussing the use of different instruments such as horns, synthesizers and organs on the new album, MacGregor explains that the band really wanted a bigger sounding album. He predicts the next album will be a little bit more raw. "Maybe not as raw as Self=Title or nc17, but it's not going to be as produced as Maybe It's Me," he says.

As for the future, despite pressure from the band's label to start writing a new album, the plans are to stay on the road until the end of this summer. MacGregor says the band is always trying to improve their live show. "We're always striving to get better and better, but that's a challenge that we're definitely up for." Treblecharger brings its already amazing live show to Call the Office tomorrow and is obviously very happy with their present situation.

"We're able to get by," says MacGregor modestly. "We don't make a lot of money, but we get to play music for a living and that's pretty cool. So we're going to enjoy it while it lasts."

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