If you haven't already heard about Marianas Trench, get ready. The pop-punk band is used to playing to tens of thousands in their native Canada, but their presence here in America is just getting off the ground.
The group released their sophomore album, Masterpiece Theatre, last fall, and are currently on tour in the States. They played Cleveland's The Grog Shop this past week -- a sub-1,000 capacity club that's more like a bar-type venue like Rhythm Room than the giant theaters they're used to. The band doesn't have any Arizona dates planned yet, but judging by the warm reception in the Midwest, they might make their way to the Valley soon.
In Cleveland, the majority of the audience was teenage girls (blame showmates We Are the In Crowd and The Ready Set for that) and front-row concertgoers could actually touch the musicians if they wanted. And they wanted.
Marianas Trench only had a five song set, but the foursome packed a lot of punch into what little time they had.
Singer Josh Ramsay came out singing, "Cleveland, can you hear me?", a great personal way to start off the show. Thankfully, the band played my two favorite songs of theirs, "All to Myself" and "Shake Tramp". Ramsay also initiated a fun call-and-response segment that made for great crowd interaction.
After the set, the guys did a quick interview for Up On The Sun. It was difficult to get a serious answer out of them ("It's more fun to do interviews that way," they said), but you will be able to see the guys' sharp senses of humor come through.
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Check out a performance of their song "Celebrity Status," as well as the silly interview, below.