Marianas Trench's 'Masterpiece Theatre' Goes Beyond Canadian Pop-Punk

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There's just something about Canada and pop-punk bands. Some of the most successful, teen-friendly groups to come out of our neighbor to the north embrace that sorta whiny, super-catchy sound, from Avril Lavigne and Sum 41 to Simple Plan and Hedley. Here's hoping Marianas Trench is the next group to gain some recognition here in the States, since their new sophomore album, Masterpiece Theatre, has a little something for everyone and makes them stand out from the pack for their evolving maturity.

The Vancouver, British Columbia-based foursome first released Masterpiece Theatre a year-and-a-half ago in their home country, and it is their first album since 2006. Since their debut, Fix Me, the band was featured on the soundtrack to television show Kyle XY (which was released in America), and they released the ultra-hilarious (if slightly offensive) video "Shake Tramp".

Like Fix Me, Masterpiece Theatre is full of sing-along songs and fun hooks. Lead singer Josh Ramsay sounds as emotional as ever, belting tunes about crushes, fame and childhood memories.

What stands out, though, is how heavy the band's Queen influence comes through on the album. From the epic opener "Masterpiece Theatre I," to the violin-heavy, 6 1/2-minute "Masterpiece Theatre III," the band's harmonies are in full force, with all four members singing. The songs go beyond the typical three-chord progression found in so many other tracks of their peer artists, and the result is beautiful with a heavy focus on the vocals. And while the upbeat songs are as fun as ever, ballads such as "Good to You" and "Beside You" are strikingly powerful.

The band hopes to make it to the U.S. for a tour, and if listening to the very pretty album isn't enough to make you want to support it, watch this video and just imagine what awesomeness could ensue on-stage.

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Sarah K
Sarah K

I absolutely ADORE Marianas Trench, they're the BEST band in the history of EVER!! I actually live in the USA and I hear they're touring the US at some point next year! SO exited, can't wait! They've also inspired me to learn guitar, and to write my own stuff...:)

smileydannie
smileydannie

I love Marianas Trench. I think there amazing, there my favourite band but i live in england and they dont tour over here so i have to go to canada next year to see them. I hope i can get enough money :)

veeliz
veeliz

I saw the band in St. Catharines (ON) for the first time and they inspired me to start writing again, beginning with a review of their show.

Marianas Trench stormed into the CAW Hall on Saturday night in St. Catharine's. Without the distraction of pyrotechnics or complicated video montages, the band presented a tight show focused solely on the music. Lead singer Josh Ramsay's voice was an instrument, soaring to pure heights at times, shredding vocals at others. In addition to displaying his impressive range, his showmanship was also on display, rousing the crowd with humour, genuine appreciation and clever asides. He was preaching to the converted; his fans adored the show, needing little encouragement to belt out the words to their favourite songs. From the opening notes of Masterpiece Theatre I to the unique medley of rearranged songs which comprise Masterpiece Theatre III to close the show, the set list was symmetrical, and entertaining. Performing Cross My Heart as an encore was simply the icing on a perfectly baked cake. The small venue allowed their devoted fans to have an up close and personal experience with the band. The band exhibited consummate musicianship, showcasing their abilities on various instruments. Matt Webb not only demonstrated his prowess on the guitar but also on the keyboards. Josh took his turn on the ivories too, proving that his voice was not the only instrument he is adept at playing. Drummer Ian Casselman and bassist Mike Ayley provided a solid backdrop for the soaring vocals as well as an infectious sense of fun. The band added to their tight set by providing harmonies unequaled in this day of electronics and studio alterations. Reminiscent at times of The Beach Boys and at times of Queen, the layering of their voices was flawless. Lyrics both thoughtful, and insightful, raucous and rock 'n roll, nostalgic and theatric give them the strong foundation on which to build their music. Mr. Ramsay's songwriting abilities are unique and laudable. The evident rapport and camaraderie among band members leaves little doubt that despite Josh's talent as a frontman, their music is a collaborative effort. In addition to a band clearly gifted in musical talents, Marianas Trench provides that elusive extra: a genuine enjoyment of creating and delivering their music to their ardent and ever-growing fan base.

melly
melly

This review is perfect, everyone should buy Masterpiece Theatres - it's a very well suited title - they're so talented, fun, amazing, hilarious and double that in a concert!

Bellenikita
Bellenikita

I have both their CD's and they are awesome! I think they have a nice fresh sound and their performance is always entertaining! These guys have a great sense of humour. If you think the above video is great you should also check out Celebrity Status, Cross My Heart and All To Myself.

Nashville Musician
Nashville Musician

I completely agree with this review! Masterpiece Theatre truly lives up to its name! I don't listen to many pop punk bands but Marianas Trench has worked its way into being one of my favorite bands! I hope they come to Nashville, TN because I would love to see them live!

JerryW
JerryW

awesome band. Buy the record. You will not be dissapointed.

Mickey Dunning
Mickey Dunning

They are better live that you can even IMAGINE! I've seen them 4 times liveThey alway somehow make every concert unique and its never the same thing twice<3

Aimee
Aimee

I saw their live show and it was one of the most amazing exeriences! They are so incredibly talented and they deserve so much more recignition in the States. And Josh has a mean switch split in the shake tramp video too!

God
God

Not sure which song you think is about ex-girlfriends, but there's none of that in there.

ILoveMT
ILoveMT

Aren't "Perfect" and "Sing Sing" about an ex?

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