Triumph are currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1989 hits collection, Classics, with a deluxe vinyl edition. Co-founder Mike Levine spoke with Kyle Meredith about going for a higher audio experience and expanding the LP with live tracks from the 1983 Us Festival and their 2008 reunion at the Sweden Rock Festival.
The two also discuss getting ahead of punk with their mid-70’s garage rocker “Rock & Roll Machine” and finding their highest charting success with “Somebody’s Out There” just as the band was falling apart in 1986. The band recently reunited once more for a one-off show that was taped for an upcoming documentary, Triumph: Lay It on the Line, so we’ll hear about that night and if those rehearsals could lead to any more shows.
Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.