Marianas Trench

pne Amphitheatre


Marianas Trench closed out their summer schedule in style in front of an adoring and enthusiastic home town crowd at the PNE in Vancouver on Saturday night.

The rock gods must have been smiling, as a day of miserable weather miraculously cleared up ahead of the show, although I don’t think anything would have damped the enthusiasm for this local four-piece.

The show opened with No.1 hit Cross My Heart from their second album, the award-winning album Masterpiece Theatre. This was a perfect opener, giving front man Josh Ramsay free reign to tease the audience in flamboyant style, something that continued all night.  His enthusiasm for including the audience in the show, and sheer love of performing reminded me of Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, or the late great Freddie Mercury.

Ramsay’s showmanship, vocal prowess, and guitar work is complimented by his bandmates. Ian Casselman on drums did a fantastic job keeping the guys in line, and Matt Webb (guitars) and Mike Ayley (bass) both had outstanding performances. Whilst it is conceptually hard to believe that the band has been around for more than 15 years, once they hit the stage you can tell they are a well-oiled musical machine.

In addition to playing their respective parts in the band the guys are all talented singers, and they clearly had fun singing harmonies on the tongue in cheek Pop 101 among others. Ramsay introduced this song with a story about it being a sarcastic response to a Reddit thread he had been involved on.

Overall it was a fun experience for everyone, and a great show to end the summer.

The band are currently working on a new album, so there is a promise of some new music coming soon.  Hopefully this will mean we will have a chance to see the band live again in the very near future.

Check out our photos from the show below.

Photos: Stewart Johnstone