Vancouver-based pop rockers Marianas Trench are no strangers to the game. The group hit the scene in 2002 with a self-titled EP and have been pioneering their distinct sound since. Between their solo projects and having a hand in the writing on fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen's smash "Call Me Maybe," we'd say they're off to a solid start.
In October of 2015 the group released their newest album Astoria, a concept album inspired by coming of age films from the 1980s, especially The Goonies. Kicking off the project with lead single "One Love" Marianas Trench set the pace for the album.
Now the group is preparing to embark on a North American tour and shifting their attention towards Astoria standout "This Means War." In advance of any official second single release the group decided to share a rocking acoustic performance from their October album release party.
As an introduction to the performance lead singer Josh Ramsay took a moment to recognize that Ian Casselman, the group's drummer, was showcasing his arms in a sleeveless look. After exchanging some friendly banter the group broke into their performance with a laugh. Basically, Marianas Trench may mean war, but they're about to have a good time waging the battle!
It's clear that Marianas Trench has come of age, but they still know how to have fun...
"This Means War" is a striding declaration of battle between ex-lovers. Ramsay spends a good portion of the track utilizing his falsetto, and his vocals are clear and pure as he tells a lover that he misses the passion in their relationship. "I'd rather be a riot than be indifferent" he pronounces with backing from the rest of the band.
The acoustic performance showcases the band's skills as well as their playful sound. Stripped of any additional production the focus rests solely upon the clever lyricism and instrumental progression. It's clear that passion exists behind the performance, and each member of the group provides a little bit of heat to the fiery take.
Take a listen to Marianas Trench's "This Means War" acoustic take below!
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