On Saturday February 6th, 2016 the guys from Mariana’s Trench came to the city with a crazy surprise. Not only were they playing in a reconverted church venue called Mr. Smalls, but the show actually SOLD OUT the evening prior.
For the first time coming to Pittsburgh, PA, Mariana’s Trench was definitely given a warm welcome.
And it didn’t stop there.
Fans flooded in early to VIP passes, to meet the band have a photo session. Then the real fun began when the General Admission was admitted, as the crowd grew to emass the venue.
Mainland, a band hailing from Queens, New York opened up the show at 8:00pm sharp to a sea of people in the sold out crowd. With an old school classic punk vibe, dancing and frontman Jordan Topf‘s unique vocals they pleased the crowd and gained some fans throughout their set. Songs such as “Outcast” showcase the band’s unique California punk sounds as well as their alternative roots, while “Not
As Cool As Me” has more of the New York grit and punk sound one would expect from the band. The combination of both unique sounds makes the band definitely one to watch in the future, and I was fortunate enough to see them live and have a great time.
The one downside of Mainland’s set was the set time… as the band only got to play for 30 minutes before packing up the stage to set up for Mariana’s Trench to come on at 9:00pm.
Mariana’s Trench opened up their set with the title track to their 2015 album, “Astoria”, getting the crowd involved the moment they walked on stage. With funny banter between songs, Josh Ramsay definitely made an impression on the crowd in Pittsburgh (there was a long conversation about the frontman’s infamously tight and low pants which was hilarious) and the crowd embraced these Vancouver natives with open arms. With much of the set being off the the newest album Astoria, some older favorites like “Fallout”, “Celebrity Status”, “Desperate Measures” and “Haven’t Had Enough” all made an appearance into the set, as well as many more.
Closing out the set with the phenomenal “End of an Era” was something dreams are made of, and the brillance of Mariana’s Trench harmonies. It was something I know I will never forget and the rest of the crowd that day in Pittsburgh would cherish forever.
After the show, the band even met fans outside, and defintely made their first time to Pittsburgh a memorable event for everyone involved, and Ramsay even said it himself, “We hope to be back very soon. This was incredible.”
It was something memorable to help close out the USA part of the tour before the band headed home to continue the HEY YOU GUYS TOUR in the home country of Canada.
Video footage from Mr. Small’s Theater –