Hurst has gone organic.
were familiar with industrial rock pop of Econoline Crush and its highly
acclaimed albums Affliction, The Devil You Know or Brand
New History, you would have been bombarded with technical gadgetry
up the yin-yang before your ears even had the chance to register what
they were hearing.
why Wanderlust, Hurst's first post-Econoline seven-song EP, carries
a disclaimer: No sequencers or samplers were injured during the making
of this record.
wanted to get away from the sequencers," declares Hurst, the Winnipeg-based
brains behind this four-man operation. "I really wanted it to be right
back to basics. I wanted it to be fluid, to get back to my rock roots
and a classic, yet fresh sound.
to go natural."
blasting guitars of the first single "Not Broken" and its catchy contrapuntal
harmonies; the punchy aggression of "Tin Cup Drunk;" the assertive groove
riff-rock of "Just No Good;" the heartfelt balladry of "Surrender" - Trevor
Hurst has shaken the chains of artifice, replacing them instead with a
scintillating sound chock full of promise that's grounded in reality.
is the mindset of re-assessment from which the EP hails. Trevor admits
that the initial catalyst that sent him down this path was the uncertainty
of our times. An increase of senselessly violent acts and the realization
that life is fragile prompted him to give up a comfortable Los Angeles
lifestyle for his teenage home of Winnipeg and reconnect with his family
traveling the planet, oddly this is where I feel most comfortable - even
with the God forsaken winters and bug-ridden summers," he laughs.
at the point where I wondered if being a rock musician seemed trivial.
That started me on this analytical spin, this path of discovery and exploration.
It was a personality I wanted to explore that didn't involve hooking up
to a machine."
was goodbye industrial rock and darker themes, hello warmer sounds and
a sense of optimism.
by Hurst and former Collective Soul guitarist Ross Childress, Wanderlust
is the first step of that reassessment, seven sparkling songs designed
to introduce Econo fans and any other admirers of Hurst's potent melodies
to the next chapter in his life.
duo had initially met during a one-off Cleveland gig a number of years
ago when Econoline Crush opened for Collective Soul.
Soul had just finished their sound check and I was watching them with
Fabrizio Del Monte, my road manager at the time, " recalls Hurst.
was still on stage trying to figure out his pedals and just ripping out
these awesome guitar licks. I turned to Fab and said, as a joke, 'If that
boy ever needs a job, tell him to give me a call.'"
years later, Hurst was shocked to hear from Del Monte, who called him
to inform him through the "underground roadie railway" to tell him Childress
and Collective Soul had parted ways.
for a songwriting session, Hurst decided to call Childress up at his home
in Atlanta, and the guitarist made the three-hour trip down the I-65 to
join his new friend.
chemistry was immediate.
wrote about five songs in one day, and I thought, 'Wow! This is going
to work!'" Hurst exclaims. "We really gel both as songwriters and in the
studio. Our ideas are very similar."
approach Hurst took with his new project was also night-and-day different
than his tenure with Econoline Crush.
Econoline, it was very experimental," he notes. "Sometimes we'd find a
cool sample and build songs around that, or a loop. Lots of times it was
driven by stuff that was not musical.
with Hurst, the songs are written on piano and acoustic guitar. If the
song didn't happen with an instrument and a voice, I didn't want to proceed
of gypsy spirit was also injected, as Wanderlust progressed at
a piecemeal pace. Using a myriad of locations that included hotel rooms,
basements, cabins and Mushroom Studios in Vancouver -- where Marcy Playground's
John Wozniak also lent a helping hand in the engineering department --
Childress contributed guitar, bass and some keyboard work.
and I spent a lot of time writing this thing in a multitude of locations:
Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta, Stockbridge, Nashville, Georgia and Winnipeg
- just all over the map and all over North America," says Hurst. "Which
is what the title Wanderlust refers to - this restless drive
to explore new areas, discover new sounds and forge our own path."
it came time to hit the road, Childress decided to stay in the background,
so Trevor Hurst will be fronting a lineup that includes guitarist Derrick
Gottfried, bass player Paulo Neta and drummer Nik Pesut - with Canada
set as the first of the dominos earmarked to fall in his quest for world
EP puts Mr. Hurst square in the driver's seat: away from the safety net
of the major label with an opportunity to call his own shots.
the fact that we have control. I also love the role of the underdog: going
out there, putting on a great show and surprising some people."
importantly, Hurst is looking to make a connection concerning the basics.
Broken' is a song plain and simple about friendship, straight up and what
it means to get through things with your friends," he notes. "You really
find after awhile that a good friend is hard to find, so when you have
one you really are blessed to find one.
'Stumble' is one my favourites - a song about my time in the little town
of Virden, MB where you're in your awkward teens, but there's a glimmer
of hope concerning your future and infinite possibilities.
themes that I touch on lyrically are more in tune with where I am at in
my life. I just wanted to align everything and feel that my life made
sense, and with this band and with this style of music and even going
about it in an independent fashion, is more in line with who I am as a
person and as an artist."
Hurst has sold numerous gold and platinum albums with Econoline Crush.
He's done the Juno dance. He's shared the stage with KISS, 3 Doors Down,
Finger Eleven and numerous other Canadian and International acts. He's
played the role of rock star with the aplomb with which it was intended.
it's time for an earthier, soulful era.
a lot of contemplation in this music, but I think that it's the job of
an artist to hold a mirror up to society, it's all seen through my own
distorted perception of what I see around me, whether it's myself or my
friends or the planet, and it's my job to express those observations and
a whole lot less smoke-and-mirrors and a whole lot closer to who I am.