Marianas Trench’s appearance at Anthology this Tuesday attracted fans from all over Rochester with their successful “Suspending Gravity” tour.
It has been 4 years since the Canadian band last visited Rochester. This year’s tour not only features their most popular hits from their double-platinum and gold-selling albums, but also “Phantoms,” Mariana Trench’s newest studio album. Although the concert was on a weeknight, fans still flooded the room hours before the opening.
At 8 p.m., after the doors opened, DJ George Thoms was all smiles blasting hit songs such as Avril Lavgine’s “Girlfriend” and Oasis’ “Wonderwall” through the speakers to an ecstatic crowd. DJ Thoms and the crowd fed off each other’s energy, hyping up the whole venue for what was to come.
The opening act, The Unlikely Candidates, was dynamic. Hailing from Texas, the indie rock band’s interaction with the crowd formed a bond. The headbanging guitarists and hard-hitting drummer provided an energetic experience causing fans to let loose and move to the music.
The chemistry between lead vocalist Kyle Morris and the crowd was palpable. He frequently stepped on the barricade and interacted with the audience. By the end of the performance, the band was covered in sweat and the audience was roused. Although most of the audience was satisfied, there were also complaints about how the band failed to follow the setlist.
At around 9:30 p.m., the fans roared eagerly as Marianas Trench took the stage. They opened the show with “Eleonora”, the opening track of “Phantom.”
The fans’ reactions were supportive. The entire crowd was screaming and cheering, and sang along to songs like “Stutter” and “Haven’t Had Enough.”
Vocalist Josh Ramsay continuously hit high notes (seemingly) effortlessly, drawing shouts of appreciation from the audience.
Ramsay was at the center of the spotlight. His confident smile and powerful moves were eye-catching.
Although Ramsay was the center of attention, it was impossible to ignore the other members of the band: Matt Webb, Mike Ayley, and Ian Casselman. Their presentations were strong and impressive as well.
It was a typical Tuesday night, but the flashing lights, colorful stage props, and glowing balloons turned Anthology into a party zone. Mariana Trench’s intimate performance successfully made this Tuesday not-so-typical in Rochester.