Troyka, Back to the Future of New Wave Rock

When audiences hear guitarist and vocalist Ian Mitchel, bass player Neil Dreger and drummer Mike Reed of Troyka, they’d think the band had been together far longer than their two years. 


The three men bring their diverse musical talents and background to bear in creating a sound that is new and genuine, yet joyfully reminiscent of the best of 80’s New Wave peppered with elements of fusion, jazz and indie rock.

The three work well together and enjoy collaborating on their music.

“We have a lot of fun and it shows when we perform.  We’re creative and we enjoy making good music that’s entertaining and intellectual.  Because of that, it appeals to a  broad demographic.”

 Troyka has been compared to groups like Rush, U2, REO and VanHalen, but listen to their music video Samantha, and the  influence of The Police is also very apparent.   And although they may be compared to different groups, their music is fresh classic rock.

“We’ve been playing a number of festivals and events recently including the Lilac Festival, the East End Festival and the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival.  We’ve also been expanding the clubs we’re playing in…Canandaigua, Rochester, Plattsburgh and now, New York City.  We’re looking to open for larger acts.”

The group recently released their first album, Turn on Your Life, available through CDBaby.  When asked what the future holds, Ian responded, “Like they say in the ending of Back to the Future, ‘Your future is not written yet!’ ”

You can look forward to a live performance byTroyka at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on Friday, July 17, at 5:15 p.m.