Marianas Trench continues to produce hits

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David Cifarelli

When a band has been in the music business for nearly a decade, it is crucial that they continue their early success momentum. Marianas Trench is a successful Canadian alternative punk band that released their fourth album, Astoria, this past October.

In a similar style to other contemporary bands such as Paramore and Nickelback, Marianas Trench takes a chance on this new record by changing their musical style to a diversified sound.

When Paramore released their self-entitled album in 2013, their fans saw a change from the punk-rock band to a more pop inspired entourage.

The following year, Nickelback released their eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, with heavy metal inflictions and pop-oriented ballads.

Taking a page from the book of some of the best, Marianas Trench strives to do the same with their most recent work.

On perhaps their most ambitious album yet the Canadian act turns away from earlier rock bangers that made their success, such as the irresistible “Shake Tramp” from their debut release Fix Me in 2006 and their second consecutive number one single “Cross My Heart” released off of Masterpiece Theatre in 2009. Instead the band trades in electric guitars and heavy drum rhythms with disco chords and acoustic guitars.

Astoria opens up with the self-titled track that projects a mystical sound with electric string progressions and a repeated pattern of beats.

The album takes the listener back to the golden age of disco with a variety of club bangers. “Burning Up” and “Shut Up and Kiss Me” are two tracks that transcend the days of big hair and goldfish pump shoes. Marianas Trench looks to the musical greatness of Queen to recreate a new era of gospel rock.

The band also injects bits of quirkiness into their singles on tracks including “Yesterday” and “This Means War.” While the latter resembles Paramore’s hit “Ain’t It Fun,” “Yesterday” uses electric piano chords and wooden beats to impose a strange yet entertaining party anthem.

A masterful band such as Marianas Trench does not stop there in terms of their creativity put on their work. The acoustic “Dearly Departed” is enough to remind the listener that this album has craft and style while the road trip anthem “Who Do You Love” will keep a group of friends singing all the way down the highway on a night out.

The kaleidoscope of sounds found on Marianas Trench’s Astoria makes it a statement for the music industry. It says that no matter how long an act has been working on its career, they should never be afraid to try something new and noteworthy.

For those interested, Marians Trench will be preforming in Boston, Mass. on February 2. More information can be found at

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