Last night the Canadian pop quartet took to the stage of The Fillmore in Silver Spring. The screams of the crowd filled the air as each member stepped on stage. One would think you were at a Justin Bieber concert with the ferocity of the screams, and rightly so. Back in the great white north, Marianas Trench sells out stadiums and are a well known band.
You could see hints of them being a larger entity in their production and performance. Marianas Trench had an electric presence on stage that made the room theirs from the moment they stepped on, to the second they stepped off, and even a bit after that. They had a large lighting rig that seemed to just fit inside of The Fillmore. The lighting was absolutely beautiful (you can see more in the pictures below) and reminded me of production I normally only see at Pier Six or Merriweather Post Pavilion. The best part of the show last night was seeing this large scale production in such an intimate setting.
The fans were more than delighted to be so close to the band. There was a lot of back and forth banter between fans and the band, some of it funny, some of it touching. During one of the songs a group of fans pulled out paper cut out hearts with messages written on them that, lead singer Josh Ramsay insisted on reading after they finished playing. Even though they were hundreds of miles away from home, Marianas Trench felt like they belonged with these fans–and at this show.
Part of the universal appeal that makes Marianas Trench such a great band is that they have fun. Each member of the band was having a blast playing to a crowd that was screaming back every word to every song. Even the band’s lighting technician was singing along in the back of the venue. It was an infectious wave of singing and dancing to creatively cut pop-rock tunes.
The performance was excellent. The band even creatively adapted some of their tracks for the live performance which I thought was a good twist to keep things new and interesting. They played many new tracks off their new album Astoria but also kept the classics for their older fans especially “I’ll Be Good To You” which I was delighted to hear again. “This Means War” and “End of an Era” might be the strongest songs off their new album and they were fantastic live. I can see both becoming staples in future tours.
Hopefully, Marianas Trench will be back again soon on one of those future tours, and with “One Love” popping up on the radio and Astoria doing well, I’m sure its only a matter of time before they are the next big thing here in the states as they are in Canada. For more images from the show, just look below! All images ©2016, Owen Paterline Photography. Check out more here!