Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band?
Trevor: Wow we’re going way back. I’ll tell you what. We were going to fed-ex a demo tape out to this record company that was doing
industrial stuff. It wasn’t Wax Trax but somebody kind of hip like that like really kind of cool. And we were under the gun and the fed-ex
guy was at the fricken door and one of the guys wanted to call the band Crush and he was really set on that. And I was sitting there and I
was just trying to think quick. What got me into music, and this is going to sound so strange maybe or not but when I was a kid we didn’t
have a family car we had this econoline van and I listened to music. It had a pretty good stereo and my friends always wanted me to take
the econoline out so we could listen to music and all be together. So I said how about Econoline Crush? And nobody said fuck or or no
or anything and they sort of sat there quietly and the fed-ex guys looking at us. So I just wrote Econoline Crush on the cd and stuck it in
and I said we can always change it later. We obviously didn’t.
Katrina: Who were your musical influences growing up and have they changed?
Trevor: We it’s pretty broad-ranged. I think that the first band that really kind of caught my attention was U2 with “October” which is an
album people probably don’t really like that much but I thought it was really kind of heart-felt and cool. And then I remember I was
hanging out in Vegas and I heard “Head Like A Hole” and I was like oh my god this is the fucking future I just thought what Trent was
doing was so fucking cool. And then I went and started digging. Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly, all the industrial shit and then
you can’t help but be influenced by mainstream culture at the same time. At that time there was a lot of crazy-metal bands and stuff.
Michael Hutchence from INXS and I always liked a front man that was a little flamboyant and a little bit like just under control. Like if you
are going to sing in a rock band you might as well let it all hang out and leave it on the field. So that’s what I liked about these bands. That
sort of influenced me I guess.
Katrina: Which artist would you like to tour or work with?
Trevor: We’ve opened for Kiss. I’m always surprised when we play with bands how cool it can be or how bad it can be. So I’m opened to
anybody. But if I could go out on the road and be with Three Days Grace right now, a Canadian band. I like them as guys and supporting
Adam in his sobriety I think that’s fantastic for him. So that would be a fun bill.
Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?
Trevor: Usually there’s music that comes first and then I sort of take the tone of the music and try and write lyrics to that. It’s all usually
personal experiences, it’s just life. I’m frustrated daily. And the things with right now in the world. Just the shit that goes on in Iraq and
stuff and I have a lot of friends that are in the military so that stuff influences me when they tell me what’s going on, the real shit. Oh my
god here we are it’s now 2007 and Saddam Hussein I’m sure had to be executed but it looked like pretty fucking wild west putting that big
noose around his neck. This is 2007? I don’t know. Anyway so that stuff gets me going.
Katrina: What’s your favorite venue to play?
Trevor: Arenas have their own special appeal because lets face it, it’s fun to see a lot of people go whoo. But I enjoy a nice 500 seat club.
I think there’s something sweaty and dirty about it that I like. I like to be able to see the people’s faces and to be able to see them and
because of what we do. People think that it’s all glamourous and all this shit and you know. Fuck man it’s tough, when you can actually
see somebody and get something out of it, ok it’s worth it.
Katrina: What’s your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Trevor: Oh god there’s so many. Probably had a few tonight I’m sure. I’ll tell you what it was though. One time we were playing in a place
where the hotel is above the stage so we didn’t have to go outside. My dad is kind of weird and gave me these wacky shoes and I was
wearing them around the hotel room and I forgot that I had them on when I went on stage. And they were these really awful velcro
runners and they were a really horrible color and I just remember rocking out and then I look down at what I got on my feet and I’m like oh
my god. So I think that’s my most embarrassing moment.
Katrina: What’s your most memorable?
Trevor: Edge-Fest Toronto Molson Park in Barrie. Two things - Dave Grohl humped my leg on television which was kind of fun and that
day it was Canada day. And I phoned my record rep and I said listen, I have not seen anybody do this shit and I really think it would be
kind of cool if I went and got a Canadian hockey jersey since it’s Canada day and do some Canadiana. There was a really long ramp to
get up to the stage and the curtains were open and I started walking and there was probably a good 25 yards to get to my microphone.
And they saw the jersey and there was 35,000 people on the lawn and the moment they saw the jersey they started screaming. By the
time that I got to the mic it was as loud as a jet taking off. Just like YEAH! And it just felt so Canadian at that moment. I was like wow.
Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform?
Trevor: It changes. If my throats sore I’m happy to do “Home”. Some songs have a lot of meaning. I’m looking forward to the new stuff. I
don’t really have one favorite. It’s like trying to pick your favorite kid, can you imagine. I don’t know.
Katrina: Who causes the most trouble in the group?
Trevor: Dan. No probably Mark. Mark or Dan.
Katrina: What do you think makes a good live show?
Trevor: Honesty. I watch some bands, I think honesty and a band that actually cares about how they sound. Have you noticed lately
there’s been a lot of fucking bands that can’t perform their shit? If you can’t perform your shit then figure out how to perform your shit so
you do it right. People pay a lot of money for tickets these days, a fuckload and you go see some big arena band and the guy can’t even
fucking sing, nobody’s playing on time. It’s disgusting. Fans deserve better. So does that answer the question?
Katrina: What’s one thing you can’t tour without?
Trevor: Red Bull, and the band.
Katrina: What advice can you give to other people who are wanting to create a band?
Trevor: Just don’t read the papers and try and be something that you really like. Be something that you are, and play it right and sing it
from - I think that audiences can tell if you’re bull-shitting, And if you give them the honest shit, and you give it to them with everything
you’ve got I really truly believe they can see it and they buy into it. But if you’re up there faking it and you’re up there trying to be
something else, something that you think is cool, I think people see through that.