Tuesday night brought Canadian pop rockers Marianas Trench’s to the House of Blues in Boston. The band is currently on tour promoting their recently released album, ‘Astoria.’ The guys came out to an overwhelming roar from the Boston crowd. Ramsay took the stage in not much more than a scarf, leather pants, and a top hat. The night was off and running from that moment on.
Kicking off the night’s 18-song set, the guys delivered the monumental, nearly 7 minute long, title track off of their latest release, “Astoria” to get the crowd warmed up. The guys continued with another new track from ‘Astoria’ called “Yesterday”. Both tracks got great feedback from audience, but the energy in from the room was taken to a new level when the first few notes of “Celebrity Status” kicked in. Ramsay continued on with questioning why pop stars continually get songs written for them, about the future being so great, but instead he screamed aloud, “I don’t understand why, 1976 was bad ass!” which led into a disco-esc track from ‘Astoria’, “Burning Up”. After rocking the popular, “All To Myself”, and “Who Do You Love”, the guys had the room involved in a full sing-a-long to the hook-building, track from 2011’s ‘Ever After’, “Fallout”. The entire room was singing it back to the band from start to finish.
Ramsay loved to interact with the crowd. He found out that more than half the crowd had never seen them before and that roughly a quarter of the crowd saw them on their last tour. Ramsay reminisced about their last time in Boston and the accent he just couldn’t understand. “What does being a pissahh mean?” he asked. Most of the night consisted of new material from ‘Astoria’ and popular tracks from ‘Ever After’, but the guys threw in a track that makes fun their lead singer, as well as the culture of pop music, “Pop 101” from their EP ‘Something Old/Something New’. Ramsay joked afterward that he should never have had himself sing his own name in the song.
To end their main set, the guys put on a tremendous rendition of ‘Masterpiece Theatre’s’, “Cross My Heart” that had the people of Boston dancing and singing along. Following a short breather off stage, Ramsay came back on stage alone. He questioned the crowd what they wanted to hear. After going back and forth of what would work and what wouldn’t for reason that it needed to sound good as a ballad. Ramsay finally heard a suggestion that he could work with. For the first time in 2 years, he played the mellow and soothing, “Skin & Bones” to give the room a break from dancing. Even though he knew he messed up a line, he laughed it off and the crowd loved it.
Once Ramsay finished the last note from the ballad, the rest of the guys joined him on stage to spark the energy back up on more time with the bands most popular single, “Haven’t Had Enough”. The floor got an incredible shock when Ramsay decided he wanted to sing the song with his fans, and hopped in the crowd and sang with everyone from the barricade, to behind the soundboard. A few fans were following him around the entire room with him until he got back to the stage. The night was came to a close with a loud, yet calm, performance of the final track from ‘Astoria’, called “End of An Era”. The choice of a ballad to end a set had the crowd wanting more, but in the end, it was an incredibly powerful ending to a great show.