Marianas Trench proved they are poised for the big time with a star making turn at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California.
Canadaâ€™s Marianas Trench are not your typical pop punk band.Â A little less punk then their U.S. brethren, they wear their 80â€™s influences on their sleeve, baptized in the Church of the Poisoned Mind.Â While most pop punkers filter their songs through Blink-182 and Green Day, Marianas Trench are percolating tunes through the Eurythmics, Def Leppard, and Kajagoogoo, creating something both familiar and unique.Â Their latest album, Astoria, combines a concept-based theme with lush, orchestral rock, and great pop songwriting.Â It comes as no surprise that Marianas Trenchâ€™s frontman, Josh Ramsay was nominated for a Grammy for co-writing the Carly Rae Jensenâ€™s hit, â€œCall Me Maybe.â€
At the House of Blues in Anaheim, California, Ramsay proved himself to be a mesmerizing frontman who has perfected his rock star swagger.Â They opened their set with â€œAstoria,â€ the titleÂ track from their new album, and then powered through a high energy set that featured songs like â€œBurning Up,â€ â€œOne Love,â€ â€œPop 101,â€ and the Jackson Five influenced â€œShut Up And Kiss Me.â€
Ramsay stopped the show when he noticed a fan in the front talking on the phone, taking the phone away to talk to her friend, and petulantly asking â€œCan I continue the show now?â€ when she returned to her conversation.Â
When Ramsay returned to the stage solo for the encore, he played random chords on the guitar while deciding what song to play next, which resulted in the typical barrage of requests from the audience.Â â€œAlright, alright, relax,â€ said Ramsay, â€œI donâ€™t come to your work and yell at you,â€ he responded before launching into a solo version of â€œGood To You.â€Â The band rejoined him on stage for â€œHavenâ€™t Had Enough,â€ and then the closed their set with the ambitious four part harmonies of â€œEnd of an Era.â€
Marianas Trench are one step away from rock stardom in the US.Â I think 2016 will be their year; all they need at this point is a prestigious slot opening for someone like All Time Low to get the exposure they need to make it big.
Secret Someones opened the show with a fantastic set of joyful indie-pop, with the three female frontman trading vocals on such songs as â€œHeartbreaker,â€ â€œLet You Go,â€ â€œI Wonâ€™t Follow,â€Â and a fantastic version of â€œChase Your Shadowâ€ where drummer Zach Jones came out from behind the kit to join the others in lovely four part harmonies.Â