Triumph may not be the first power rock trio that comes to mind when you think of Canada, but they are usually a close second. For some 35 years, bassist Mike Levine, guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett, and drummer/vocalist Gil Moore, have brought fans some of hard rocks most iconic anthems. The group’s career has been marked by 10 studio albums and a few live and hits collections to boot. Last month the band released a special commemorative vinyl bundle reissue of the trio’s seminal Allied Forces record. The album that spawned such hits as “Fight The Good Fight”, the title cut, and the epic, “Magic Power”.
While it’s been nearly two decades since the band has recorded any new material, Triumph‘s assortment of masterful records remain as fresh today as they did upon release. Timeless hits like “Lay It On The Line”, “Follow Your Heart” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Machine” are still highly requested radio staples.
Other than a few one off show’s the last few years it’s been a while since the band toured. While Levine doesn’t rule out potentially recording a few new tracks for digital download, or playing a tour if it makes sense, the heart of Triumph it seems remains firmly rooted in its glorious past.
This week I caught up with Mike at the end of a long day. He was kind enough to shed some light on the legacy of Triumph, the Allied Forces reissue, his sometime role of playing peacekeeper in the band, and the changes in the music industry over the years. The ever optimistic Levine sees the resurgence of vinyl releases as a sign that people are returning to a desire for quality. Tune in and hear what else he had to say…