Over the last decade, Marianas Trench has constantly raised the bar for quality music. Since their 2006 debut the Vancouver, BC-based pop-rock four piece has had two Certified Platinum-selling records, chart topping hits and a 2013 JUNO Award for Group of the Year. Frontman Josh Ramsay also received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for co-writing and producing Carly Rae Jepsen's breakthrough smash "Call Me Maybe."
Fourth album Astoria (2015) is a loose concept record based around the band's love of 1980s fantasy and adventure films. With free form epics such as the opening title track and album closer "End Of An Era," emotionally raw offerings like "Wildfire" and "This Means War," Astoria is a fitting follow up to Marianas Trench's Platinum-selling, concept-based releases Masterpiece Theatre (2009) and Ever After (2011).
Channeling influences as diverse as The Beatles, Queen, Tears for Fears, Michael Jackson, George Michael and Depeche Mode, among others, it's Marianas Trench's most ambitious record to date: unapologetically cinematic, constantly surprising and featuring lush orchestral textures that segue seamlessly into spare, but powerful songs.