By Remington Fioraso
Who: Marianas Trench with guest JPNSGRLS
Where: The Roxy in Vancouver, BC
When: June 12, 2014
Vancouver’s JPNSGRLS, pronounced Japanese Girls, opened up the night. The band
consisting of Charlie Kerr (Vocals), Oliver Mann (Guitar), Chris McClelland (Bass) and
Graham Serl (Drums) performed songs from their upcoming debut album “Circulation”
set to be released on July 15, 2014. The songs that stood out the most for me
were “Tiger” and “Smalls.” JPNSGRLS deliver a high energy performance. I definitely
will be seeing again.
The headliner, Marianas Trench, has been a prominent artist in my listening habits
since first seeing the video for “Shaketramp” on MuchMusic. However, until tonight, I
have not had the opportunity to see them play a live show.
When listening to the studio versions of albums, it can be difficult to determine whether
artists are able to recreate the sound in live settings. I was definitely impressed with Ian,
Josh, Matt, and Mike’s performance and the on-stage interaction with fans in between
songs. The band primarily played songs from “Masterpiece Theatre” and “Ever
After.” In addition,they played “Say Anything” from “Fix Me” and a cover of “Good
Vibrations.” The songs that I was most excited to see performed were “Celebrity
Status”, “Masterpiece Theatre III”, “Perfect” and “Haven’t Had Enough.” Throughout
their set, they had guests on stage, including Tavish Crowe (who you may recognize as
Carly Rae Jepsen’s guitar and co-writer of ‘Call Me Maybe’ with Ramsey and Jepsen)
and Sarah Ramsey.
The show was definitely worth the wait.
Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!