Trooper the iconic Canadian rock band always seems to find its way into the next generation of Canadians hearts. Well after their heyday they continue to be one of the biggest names in Canadian rock. Their mixture of hard rock, country, folk, and blues has created a distinct sound that has kept them relevant to each new generation, not to mention gaining them gold and platinum records in the process. I remember rocking out to trooper in the car with my dad when I was a kid singing along to such classics as “Raise A Little Hell”, ”We’re here for a good time not a long time”, and ” Round, Round, We Go” their music just makes you want to move and enjoy life . I had a chance to talk to Ra McGuire the lead singer of the band about their upcoming show at the George Street Festival and so much more.
Q: Why do you think your music continues to resonate with people after all these years?
A: Honestly, it’s been out of our hands for a long time now! Once we wrote the songs they didn’t really belong to us anymore. We’re really happy those songs do still resonate with people!
Q: Are you working on any new material?
A: Nope. No one wants a new album from a classic rock band!
Q: In the first iteration of trooper called winters green you had a song called “Are You A Monkey?” what the heck is it about?
A: Who knows? That was a long time ago (;-)
Q: What Trooper composition are you the proudest to have written?
A: I really like Thin White Line. It’s true and has some of my favourite lines. For instance: “I guess Superman was right – some people need their kryptonite”.
Q: What was your first trip to Newfoundland like?
It was outrageous. There was a crowd at the airport with signs with our picture on them! We’ve loved visiting the Rock ever since.
Q: What’s your favourite of all the trooper albums?
A: ‘Thick as Thieves’. And ‘The Last of the Gypsies’
Q: What equipment do you use live?
A: I use an SM57 mic. You can also hammer nails with it.
Q: What is your craziest on the road story?
A: That one about the steamroller and the four grand pianos.
Q: What advice would you give to upcoming bands?
A: Don’t do it for money. Never give up.
Don’t forget to follow Trooper on all social media and see them live July 27th at the George Street Festival