The Trews Release New Song With Proceeds To Unison Benevolent Fund

By Coral Andrews 4/9/20 |

photo credit: screenshot from God Speed Rebel video

Canadian rock band The Trews, all safely self-isolating “during this strange and unusual time,” released an at-home music video a week ahead of the single "God Speed Rebel,” which will be available tomorrow (April 10) with all revenue from streams and sales going to Unison Benevolent Fund, a registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. 

The fund helps professional musicians and those who work in the music industry in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties. In the wake of coronavirus, and the cancellation of live shows and closures of most offices, Unison's emergency relief assistance will be needed now more than ever.

“Spring is in the air and we're in quarantine, here's a new song to help you along these unprecedented days,” said lead singer Colin MacDonald in a statement. “This tune showed up on our doorstep last year and we've been looking for a home for it ever since. We figured it was time to send this quirky, warm and friendly little jam out into the world to keep you company while you're stuck inside. A song for your soundtrack of solitude.

"It's about rock 'n' roll, being an individual in the ever changing and unforgiving world, doing the right thing always and helping others along the way....or it's just a cool and catchy tune, if we do say so ourselves. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home. God Speed Rebel"

The video uniting the members — Colin; guitarist John-Angus MacDonald; bassist Jack Syperek, drummer Chris Gormley and keyboardist Jeff Heisholt's — was created using virtual audio/video communications app Zoom.

“God Speed Rebel,” directed by Marcel Preston, of course features the members at home, performing the song simultaneously, each in their own video frame. Special guests include curious meowing cat Rio determined to join Heisholt's on the keys and John-Angus’ 6-year-old son Elliott, who busts some moves while “zooming” the light fantastic.

“It seemed like the perfect time to share a new song but we had to get creative about how we did the video,” added John-Angus in a statement. “We haven't been in a room together for over three weeks and we've all been practising self-isolation and social distancing. So, Zoom to the rescue! Hope you all like it."


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