Off The Record – ALBUM FOCUS – Astoria, Marianas Trench

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  Today we look at band that have had a lot of success with their last album which was based around heart ache and the artwork based on the Goonies. They are currently in the studio working on their new album. Today we look at Canadian band Marianas Trench and their album – Astoria. 


This song turned into a single but it is important to put on this list. This song really does set the tempo for the whole album and is beautifully built up to an epic finale. The song is very different in its sound so it is something you have to get used to but once you have listened to it more then once you really will appreciate the beauty and the creativity of the levels this song works on.

Burning Up

This song has a real eighties feel to it and has a groovy sort of feel to it, it also has a sense of old school Michael Jackson to it, which the lyrics play on later on. It is a real contrast to the Astoria song that is before this song on the album, it is feel good, electronica and has a real dance element to it.

Dearly Departed 

This song really defines the whole narrative of the album whilst also being a stand alone track and completely different to the rest of the album. The main instrument used in this song is the Ukulele and tells the story of a broken hearted man and a massive relationship collapsing around him – which is what the basis of this album is – heartbreak.

Hollywood Renaissance

This album is different to the others as it has pieces of music in between that feel like they belong in a score for a film and Hollywood Renaissance is one of the most melodic and the best on the whole album. The string instruments in it really bring emotion and belong in a old film.


Forget Me Not

This is a slower song on the album and is one of those songs that gradually builds up to a huge outro. It is a really emotional song but also fits perfectly into the album as it really highlights the journey that you go on with this album. The music construction of this song is really melodic as well.

End Of An Era

This song really is a fantastic ending to an album and really takes the Astoria album to a completely new level of genius. The melodies and development of the song throughout creates such a powerful song and a real array of emotions to the end of the album.

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