Marianas Trench, We Are The Take, Birds Of Wales
|07-Oct-2007 04:11 pm||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
Marianas Trench has come a long way in a short period of time. When I first encountered them, they were opening for illScarlett during the NXNE festival. Now just four months later, they were back in Toronto, but this time they were the headlining act, playing largely to a mob of very young females. Sure, there was the random male here and there in the crowd, quite a few parents surrounding the mass, and older fans hanging near the sides and back at the bar, but it's clear who their biggest fans are.
Birds Of WalesIt turns out that Birds Of Wales was the real reason I was at this show. A couple of weeks ago, I met Morgan Ross (vocals, guitar), and he comes across as a very down-to-earth and intelligent person with a great attitude. The Opera House night just seemed like a good opportunity to get out and see his band perform. Since Birds Of Wales was the first band on stage for the night, I made sure to get to the venue nice and early and was surprised that when they took the stage at 8:00 PM, The Opera House was already nearly filled to capacity. Their music is probably classified as folk rock, but I think I'd describe it as softer indie rock with country influence.
They played for about 30 minutes, a typical set length for opening bands; however, what was atypical for an opening band was that the crowd was already pressed up against the stage and incredibly responsive to their set, with the more upbeat songs garnering wild cheers and screams. Birds Of Wales are recommended viewing; they occasionally tour in Europe due to more successful album sales there, but they can be seen playing around Toronto every now and then.
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Info: We Are The Take | Connect: MySpace Marianas Trench back in June, I commented that they were "well liked by young women, so it almost felt like a guilty pleasure for me to enjoy their set". It still holds true, only multiply the young women factor by an order of magnitude. Seriously, I had no idea what I was getting into for this show. There was no media pit, so I asked a small group of fans to let me get near the stage so I could photograph the first two songs. They were very cool about it, and as the band members wandered out on stage just to setup their equipment, I could feel the crowd surge forward.
When the band finally took the stage, I could feel the mass of 12-17 year-old girls behind me push forward and it felt as though the entire group started quivering in excitement. I found myself encased in what could best be described as the Marianas Trench version of Beatlemania. I shot my two songs and then pushed back from the stage and held my camera and hands in the air as I backed out of the mob. After one song where Josh Ramsay (vocals, guitar) came out to the edge of the stage to allow his legs to be fondled, he exclaimed "When I come out into the crowd like that, don't undo my shoelaces. That's just mean". Yes, there was so much desperation to touch him that girls were grabbing at his shoelaces.
What I said back in June, still holds true: This band puts on a good show, pumping out their radio-friendly rock with all sorts of high energy kicks and jumps, with the occasional softer song. The target demographic appears to be young females, but I'll bet even some of the parents enjoyed the show.
Info: Marianas Trench | Connect: MySpace
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