PARAMUS, N.J. — Drummer Mark Gus Scott could've never imagined that a song he and his bandmates wrote on Spring Valley Road in the early 1980s would open an album nearly 35 years later.
“Rockin’ to the Edge of the Night” -- the first of 13 songs on Trixter’s “Human Era” -- sets the tone for the rest of the new record's tracks.
“The overtone of the whole album is growing up in suburban New Jersey,” Scott said.
Pete Loran, Steve Farley, PJ Brown and Scott were all raised within a square mile of one another and share fond memories of speeding down local streets and away from the police on their bikes. A brotherly bond was forged through Little League baseball, house parties and that old-time rock and roll.
"Human Era" is a testament to those times, before cell phones and computers replaced face-to-face communication.
“We had a personal connection, we shared something together physically,” Scott said. “It was more of an emotional connection, as opposed to picking up the phone or sending a text.”
The band’s 1995 song “Surrender” was the last No. 1 hit on MTV before the network discontinued ranking new music.
Trixter disbanded that year but then regrouped in 2007 after Poison’s lead singer, Bret Michaels, reached out to see whether they’d be interested in opening for him.
“We didn’t delve into it full time," Scott said, "but we realized it was fun, the pay was good and there was still a market of people to play for in the Midwest that still love rock and roll.”
The band reconnected while producing new music -- this time in guitarist Steve Brown’s local studio, where they recorded three records.
And although Loran recently moved to Arizona, Scott said "Human Era" is a ringing reminder that he and his fellow Trixters will always be Jersey Boys at heart.
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