While Mariana’s Trench have been busy touring for months this spring in the U.S after the October release of Astoria, a new chapter is unfolding as the Canadian band head home to continue the tour in Canada.
One of these highlights is the first performance of ‘Wildfire’, a song that was specifically cut out of the tour lineup, at least until the March 9th show of the Never Say Die Tour in Kingston, ON.
Front-man Josh Ramsay previewed that something special was coming via Twitter for the Candian tour, that would take a lot of courage and be emotionally tolling.
Not in the encore. That's reserved for a song that's gonna take a lot of courage. But maybe mid-show. Don't know yet https://t.co/eqOvOoiR6n
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.
Mariana’s Trench are a band who started out in Vancouver, BC in early 2001. Producing three albums and touring, they have gained a fanbase widely in Canada and various other countries, but seem somewhat unknown in the states and are highly underrated compared to other musicians topping the charts.
Here are a few reasons to give this band a listen:
1. Josh Ramsay
Most well-known for his ever changing hair color, tight pants, dancing and vocal range, the frontman and lead singer, Josh Ramsay, has a very inspiring story.
Josh Ramsay was born June 11, 1985, grew up in a very musical family, with his mother being a vocal coach and his father owning a recording studio. Ramsay also shared the love of music and started singing at the age of 13.
Throughout high school, Ramsay struggled with an eating disorder, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Many Mariana’s Trench songs are dedicated to the singer’s personal struggle through this such as those entitled, “Skin and Bones” and “Feeling Small”.
Later on toward the end of high school Ramsay developed an addiction to heroin,often causing him to be kicked out of school and be late for band practices and shows. He later went on to go to rehab where he wrote a letter about his drug addiction in which he later turned into a song called “Lover Dearest”.
Throughout his struggles with eating disorders and drug addiction, Ramsay kept music as his end goal and his determination to over come it all, which can be taken as a positive message to others with one’s own personal struggles in life.
Humor is a big part of Mariana’s Trench. With various videos displaying the band’s off stage antics, hilarious music videos or even behind the scenes with the comical “Matt Webb Hours”, this band will make you laugh somehow.
3. Vocal medley’s that will blow you away
All of the member’s of Mariana’s Trench do sing, and the medleys and harmonies between them all is amazing to hear within many of their songs. Sure, not all of the members grew up with vocal training like Ramsay… but it is very impressive when all their unique voices come together. Check out the Queen inspired intro for “Shake Tramp” and tell me that isn’t amazing… 😉
4. Celebrity Connections
Yupp… you heard it here, this little known Canadian band has many connections. From being found by Nickleback frontman, Chad Kroger to even Josh Ramsay himself finding Carly Rae Jepsen and helping her rise to fame, this band has a lot of pop culture covered.
Ramsay has appeared in a few guest vocal spots, once in Jepsen’s “Sour Candy” and in R&B artist Danny Fernandes “Hit Me Up”.
5. The Dancing
The dance moves are everything. Check out some of Josh Ramsay and the band’s finest moments, out of hilarity with puppets, dressed as pirates to even breaking it down in a middle of a 1920’s scene… Mariana’s Trench has it all and the moves to prove it.
Mariana’s Trench is releasing their fourth studio album entitled “Astoria” due in October, along with plans for a tour later in the year. Singles such as “Here’s to the Zeros”, “Pop 101” and “One Love” have been released, and get one even more excited to hear “Astoria” in the full.