Mariana’s Trench come to Pittsburgh

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



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 –

Neck Deep release “Life’s Not Out To Get You” ~ MiniReview and Top Picks

Neck Deep surprised the internet and the fanbase as the band released the new full length album “Life’s Not Out To Get You” and allowed it to stream in full on various media (Youtube, Spotify, Rdio) on August 14, 2015.
True to Neck Deep’s previous albums, “Life’s Not Out To Get You” brings the sound we’ve grown to love and the lyrics to back it up that one will be singing for years to come. Bringing back an older sound of pop-punk, Neck Deep brought their ‘A-game’ so to say with the progress on this album…As every song has this non-stop energy to it. Every track has a sense of fast paced sound paired with catchy, loud choruses that hook the listener… and make you come back for more and more until you are singing along yourself at the top of your lungs.
 With the first single release of “Can’t Kick Up The Roots”, Neck Deep showed a very promising premise for the album to come, as the high energy song was a great lead in to Neck Deep’s summer spent on Warped Tour and to get everyone excited for the release of the new album.
Now that I’ve listened to this album in full a few times, time to hammer out the details and list what tracks you all should check out ASAP! 

#1 – Gold Steps
“You might be down and out but you’re still breathing.

If you write the story, then you’ll find out we’re all stuck on the same page.
Sometimes things will bend you,
But trust me you’ll be fine,
I’ve been moving mountains that I once had to climb.
And life’s not out to get you,
Despite the things you’ve been through…”

~ The music video for the song “Gold Steps” was released earlier as a single off of the record, but this track is a huge standout. Not only does the video allow you to watch all these crazy shenanigans (A moving skate ramp how crazy is that?!)  and an awesome performance, it makes you think of summer or all the fun times one had with friends.
Lyric wise, this track probably has some of my favorites that I will be singing along to for a long time.
Inspring, fun and catchy. Neck Deep you’ve done it again.
#2 – I Hope This Comes Back To Haunt You
“Told myself that this would be the last time you kept me awake,

Some day you’ll see, then it’s too little too late…”

Heartbreaking emo ballads are some of my favorites, and this track is just that. “I Hope This Comes Back To Haunt You” has the spunk, the angst and the emotion… what more could one ask for?
Definitely worth the listen.
#3 – December
“I miss your face,

You’re in my head,
There’s so many things that I should’ve said…”

~ Acoustic and amazing…tugs at your heartstrings if you’ve ever been the one longing for a lost love. Worth the tears and the feels.
#4 ~ Kali Ma
“I see right through you, but what do I do?
Of course I fall for it, just like I did when I was 16.
Such a fool for you, did you ever even miss me? “
~ Another song about a lost love, but the guitar riffs in this song are pretty amazing…ending it out on a good note with a pretty sick breakdown. One to jam to for sure.
Also, I should probably mention it was co-produced/has a guest feature by Jeremy Mckinnon of ADTR…if that alone doesn’t make you want to listen to the track I don’t know what will.  😉
#5 ~ Can’t Kick Up The Roots
“I’ve been wasting away,

But in a town with no way out, there’s not much else to do anyway,
If you’re looking for a place to decay,
Then there will always be a place in my town called revelry…”

~ The first single released from the album still has a heavy spot in my heart as it is very fast paced and just plain FUN to listen to. The pop punk song of the summer anyone?? 🙂

Anyways, my top picks off the album that is definitely one to be worked into my favorites very soon.
It’s fresh, energetic and has the urge to make one get up and jump along to the breakdowns or sing your lungs out in teenage angst.
 Neck Deep, you’ve done it again…Bringing back this sense of old school pop-punk with a modern vibe, it’s very refreshing and brings out this sense of sentimentalism when listening to the album.
Take a listen below, you won’t regret it!