On May 14th Marianas Trench released their American debut EP with Cherrytree Records, Face the Music: The EP. The quartet has had huge success in Canada over the last seven years since the release of their first album Fix Me. Now that they are capable of selling out arenas that hold 17, 000 people and performing the halftime show at the Grey Cup in Canada, Marianas Trench is ready to begin establishing themselves in the United States.
Despite the EP containing only four tracks, it is a powerful introduction to Marianas Trench. The CD opens with Desperate Measures and Haven’t Had Enough, respectively. These are two of their catchiest and most fast-paced songs in their discography, as well as being fan favourites. The other two tracks are treats for both American and Canadian fans who happen to get their hands on the album. The EP ends with acoustic versions of Haven’t Had Enough and Fallout, which showcases the band’s talent more than the studio versions. The acoustic version of Haven’t Had Enough sounds remarkable. Matt Webb (guitarist) joins in to sing some of the lines himself. I honestly prefer his voice to lead singer Josh Ramsay’s (though not by much). Then the acoustic version of Fallout, which ends the EP, I enjoy more than the studio version of Fallout (Ever After). The album represents the band well by showing their talent with and without studio songs.
Another stride towards their American dream includes their first headlining American tour (immediately following their first headlining Canadian tour.) I saw them play in Boston on June 10th, and although it wasn’t as fabulous as the well-established Canadian counterpart, the talent shone through. The setlist was — surprisingly — just as long as the Canadian setlist, and even included the video interludes. However, the concert wasn’t perfect this time around. The amp volume wasn’t adjusted from 17, 000-seat arena volume to 1000-standing-room-only venue volume, and seriously hurt Film Social writer Seth Morgan Romero’s ears for some days after. It was the loudest concert I have ever been to, and not in a good way. The audio and video were pretty shoddy. The audio was in and out and sometimes I couldn’t tell if Ramsay was still singing. The video quality was quite terrible on the piddly little screen they had, but I was still pleased that they kept the video for the American tour at all. Considering their budget for the US shows is pretty small compared to their budgets in Canada, they put on a great show. The talent made the show amazing, but unfortunately the loudness and choppy audio distracted from enjoying the show fully. This is just the start, and with their talent, I’m positive they will be out of small venues and performing more quality shows in no time.
CD: Buy it. 4 out of 4.
Concert: See them. 3 out of 4. – Film-social.com
Opening video interlude
All to Myself
Princess Porcelain video interlude
Truth or Dare
Haven’t Had Enough
Cross My Heart
Battle sequence video interlude
So Soon (Josh Ramsay solo)
Face the Music video interlude
No Place Like Home