Trev Lukather loves rock, roll, and power trios. His band LEVARA released a video for “Ever Enough” on March 19, and their self-titled full-length comes out on May 14 on Mascot Records. Trev and I spoke about his top ten power trios, and we know that his opinion is wrong:
SW: Trev, you’re a power trio.
TL: Yes. Yes we are.
SW: Green Day is my second favorite live band and the next band you listed is my favorite. “Well” done.
TL: Well thank you, Scott! Anyway, I wore out Dookie when I was a kid. Hit after hit after hit.
SW: I can’t say enough good things about that album. I’ve listened to it many times all by myself.
TL: (laughs) Nice pun, dad.
SW: Thanks, son. Diorama is my favorite album released this century.
TL: Genius album. Daniel Johns is a friend and I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him a few times.
SW: Wow. You had the greatest view.
TL: (laughs) Indeed. Daniel Johns is QUITE the view. Jokes aside, that guy is a walking, living, breathing rockstar in FULL force. Unbelievable talent.
SW: Jokes aside part two, you’re on the money. I wish that Silverchair was as big here as they are in Australia.
TL: Yes! They deserve way more credit in the states.
SW: You’re from the Valley. HAIM is from the Valley. Valley valley valley valley.
TL: Actually, HAIM used to play my elementary school’s fair and I did as well. The sisters used to play shows with their mom and dad.
SW: Days ARE gone.
TL: Such a good record. Easily one of the most solid albums to come out this decade.
SW: I saw them at the Wiltern and they fucking shredded.
TL: They’re the real deal. Real songwriters. Real musicians. Unique AND nostalgic.
SW: Speaking of unique…
TL: What can you say about Rush?
SW: Time signatures?
TL: Calculus, bro.
SW: Rush makes good musicians feel worse about themselves. I back it.
TL: Very true. I caught their last show ever at the Forum in LA and it was face-melting. Unbelievable. I appreciate them so much more now.
SW: The recent documentary on Bee Gees was A LOT. Emotional. Gut wrenching. Harmonic.
TL: What stood out the most from that documentary was when Barry Gibb said that he would rather have his brothers back with no hits at all.
SW: Are you trying to make me cry? I’m just trying to stay alive.
TL: (laughs) Speaking of “Stayin Alive,” it’s easily one of the sickest riffs ever written.
SW: More than a woman?
TL: (nods) “Stayin Alive” takes the cake.
SW: All apologies.
TL: Now this is an obvious choice.
SW: It doesn’t make it wrong, sir.
TL: True. Nirvana was the band that defined the 90s.
SW: And they still get a massive amount of love today. I’m happy.
TL: A true trend-setter band.
SW: Let’s get back to the beginning: GENESIS.
TL: I know that some people wouldn’t consider Genesis to be a trio, but I’m talking about the post-Gabriel years.
SW: Don’t @ him.
TL: Phil Collins somehow is one of the most iconic drummers with one of the most iconic voices ever.
SW: He may not be able to dance, but he can SANG.
TL: The “Land Of Confusion” video still gives me nightmares… but what a tune, eh?
SW: This may be the penultimate power trio.
TL: I know that this band being three on this list may sting a little, Scott.
SW: I’m the king of pain. I can take it.
TL: The Police define uniqueness. Stewart Copeland’s innovative drumming combined with Sting’s incredible vocals/bass playing combined further with Andy Summers’ ear candy guitar playing = SERIOUS VIBE
SW: “Serious vibe” is right. Every little thing they do is magic.
TL: With every breath they take.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
SW: Mic drop. Like all mics should be dropped after Hendrix plays guitar.
TL: Amen. I think we’re all playing guitar because of Hendrix.
SW: He’s a guitar hero for guitar heroes… And the other two dudes in the Experience deserve more fanfare as well!
SW: We’re almost done and I’m very sad. I think I’ll listen to them right now.
TL: I didn’t hear what you just said. I hope that you don’t mind that I’ve been noshing on this little wing for a bit.
SW: Somehow I am proud and offended. ANYWAY, Muse is the shit and I support this listing.
TL: Love it. I played Bonnaroo the same year that they headlined years ago. The group literally sounded larger than life. Top notch musicianship and vocals. Respect.