Canada’s Marianas Trench recently debuted the video for their newest single “This Means War” and it’s an absolute masterpiece (previous-album-pun intended)! The video features a turf-war turned dance battle, straight out of West Side Story, between a group of tough but graceful girls and the band itself, with lead singer-songwriter Josh Ramsay leading the charge. And, of course, this wouldn’t be a Marianas Trench production without a little flare—this time, in the form of colorful paint and a comicbook-esque story frame.
“This Means War” is the second single from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, Astoria. Named for the 1980s cult-classic film Goonies, the album was released last November, following a near four-year hiatus. But from start to epic finish, it’s clear that the album was well worth the wait. Much like its predecessors, Ever After and Masterpiece Theater, the album is a concept record. However, Astoria distinguishes itself through its deeply personal lyrics—heavily inspired by the emotional experiences of lead Josh Ramsay.
According to Ramsay, the album features a cinematic coming-of-age story, complete with film-score-modeled transitional pieces composed by the singer-songwriter himself. And though some songs, like “Forget Me Not” and “One Love”, spin emotional tales of love and loss, the record in its entirety carries a hopeful tone, ending on a high-note with an incredible compilation of elements from past songs and albums that is typical of the band’s sound.
The video comes on the heels of the band's recently announced headlining tour, “SPF 80s”. The tour, which kicks off this July, will span the continental US, hitting 27 cities along the way.
Both VIP packages and general admission tickets for the tour are on sale now and available here.
Watch the “This Means War” video below to see what all the Trenchers are raving about and visit the band's newly remodeled website for more information on Marianas Trench and their new album.