If the first stop on a tour is any indication of how well the rest of the tour will go, I'd say Marianas Trench is in for a wild summer! The Canadian band kicked off their SPF 80s tour at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City and we were lucky enough to witness the magic.
The first of two opening acts was a local band called Saint Loretto, lead by front-man Evan Crowley, formerly of an Okie-pop group called Paperscissor. The band played a slew of original songs, treating the crowd to a loud and lively alternative sound which got their adrenaline pumping. Eventually, Saint Loretto closed out their set with current single, "We Own The Night", which got the crowd dancing (especially when Crowley stepped out into the crowd. Cue the girly swooning)!
Following Saint Loretto, was up-and-coming artist Skylar Stecker, whose huge voice will make you doubt that she's only 14 years old. The artist performed a number of songs from her debut album "This Is Me", including party anthem "Bring Me To Life" and the relatable track "Break My Heart." Stecker also mixed in an acoustic cover of DNCE's "Cake By The Ocean," which earned the young artist a bit more audience participation.
After two openers, both anticipation and adrenaline were high as Marianas Trench finally took the stage amidst flashing lights and audience screams. This only amplified as the band, unsurprisingly, launched into album opener "Astoria."
Now with the crowd at their fingertips, the band revved up the energy by making good on that promised 80s theme, quickly transitioning into feel-good track "Yesterday".
But here's where things go really special, as they seamlessly switched gears. From there, they took the crowd back to where it all began, with "Celebrity Status," a fan-favorite from the band's first full-length album "Masterpiece Theatre". This trend continued through out the show, providing the fans with a glorious mixture of old and new and guaranteeing a heavy dose of nostalgia for any long-time Trenchers in the crowd.
There was never a moment during this show where the crowd wasn't totally in sync with the band. Whether fans were belting out lyrics to "This Means War," trying to hit that falsetto during "Burning Up," dancing like idiots during throwback song "Stutter," or trying to riff like Josh as he guided us through "Cross My Heart,"for nearly two hours there wasn't a second where the audience wasn't being entertained.
The greatest part of the show, though, were the little nuggets of personality that each band member revealed to the crowd. From lead guitarist Matt Webb's swoon-worthy vocals scattered throughout the show, to bassist Mike Ayley's sarcastic commentary during a short break. And let's not forget drummer Ian Casselman's mad rap skills during pop-rock parody song "Pop 101". We're still waiting on that mixtape, by the way!
Of course, we have to mention lead singer Josh Ramsey's ever-growing sass and perpetually shrinking wardrobe. The small glimpses into his writing process and his mindset before each song, which ranged from silly to emotional, were a treat for the crowd. The passion displayed by Ramsey during each song- whether he was poking fun at the crowd's singing skills during "Cross My Heart" or delivering a heartfelt solitary performance of crowd-favorite "Dearly Departed"- made this show something truly extraordinary.
There were so many elements that culminated to create spectacular success that this concert was. The opportunity to see a band with this much talent, passion, and charisma live is a rare occurrence; one that you don't want to miss!
Thankfully, you don't have to! Tickets for the bands upcoming shows are still on sale and available here.
To learn more about Marianas Trench or the SPF 80s tour, visit their website.
And, as you wait in anticipation for the band's next show, take a listen to this concert playlist and let us know what you think in the comments!