Canadian Pop-Rockers Marianas Trench swooped into The Baltimore Soundstage Tuesday night. The four piece outfit is fronted by the eccentric Josh Ramsay, who helped co-write and produce “Call Me Maybe” with fellow Canadian, Carly Rae Jepsen. The show was hot, in more ways than one, it was extremely humid inside The Baltimore Soundstage. Fans were drenched in sweat long before the band reached the stage. Luckily this did not deter the loyal fan base from singing and dancing throughout the night.
Pop star Ivy Levan started the show, getting the crowd moving with some high energy pop songs that could easily be mistaken for Lady Gaga’s. Ivy donned a one piece leotard also helped with the comparison between the two however her vocal range was impressive and unmistakably her own. She definitely had no problem using sexiness to sell her performance but with moves and a voice like hers, she definitely has the potential to break out into the pop world.
After her set Josh came out channeling his inner Iggy Pop, shirtless and in a top hat to into the first song “Ever After”. The rest of the band, Matt Webb, Mike Ayley, Ian Casselman joined him on stage after a few bars. The set proceeded with a combination of song off their 2011 album Ever After and new tracks that will be on Astoria, which is set to be released in October. The new material keeps to Marianas Trench’s strengths of catchy four part harmonies, over very upbeat and dance ready melodies.
Marianas Trench also knows how to rock out the ballads and dive in deep on their more emotional tracks which they proved during a stunning show of talent in the encore. After a solid hour of high energy songs, Josh returned alone once again, and asked the crowd which song he should sing. The lucky girl in the front picked “Lover Dearest”, one of the first songs written by the band over a decade ago. The throw back song was played without hesitation and hit deep in the heart of the audience members. After this, the boys took the stage for a four part acapella song “And So It Goes” proving the vocal talent of the band is not a trick of production magic. Finally the night ended with them playing their ballad “No Place Like Home” which is a six and a half minute masterpiece of music.
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