Monday, 3 November 2014

EVENT: 'That's Not A Knife Tour 2014' by Marianas Trench


So if you don't follow me on Twitter - you would not have seen that last weekend I went and saw Marianas Trench (which I just noticed their website info on Google describes them as punk/emo -Do emos even exist anymore- - Josh said pop/rock, but whatever) live in concert. Now, I should explain that I have no memory of how I found out about them - I remember seeing their video for Fallout and liking it - which started off this whole crazy thing for me - but I don't remember where or how I saw it. I am also aware too that most Australians have never heard of them.

However, it is oh so rare for me to fall as fast for a band as I did with them. And when I saw fall for I mean music wise - going into the concert I knew barely anything about them. I may or may not have even knew all the band members names :\ I guess I'm a pretty new trencher.

Fate works in mysterious ways sometimes. I had originally wanted to go to the midday show on Sunday but it was for under 18s only (sad-face) so being super ancient, my only choice was the over 18 show on the Saturday night. I bought tickets and only a few days later the Sunday show was changed to all ages (!) so granted I was a little pissed. Any-who, I saw the Saturday show and LOVED it! I went straight home and bought tickets for the Sunday show at around 1am that morning. Thanks to the series of events that allowed me to go to the show twice.

I've included some interesting tidbits under the cut. I hope you enjoy!

Set List:
  • Ever After
  • All To Myself
  • Haven't Had Enough
  • Celebrity Status
  • Pop 101
  • By Now
  • Fall Out
  • Stutter
  • Here's To The Zeros
  • Beside You
  • Desperate Measures
  • Toy Soldiers
  • *18+ And So It Goes (acoustic - all) // All Ages: Skin and Bones (acoustic - Josh only)
  • Cross My Heart
  • No Place Like Home 
As always - I'm going off memory so some details may be slightly off.

Saturday (18+), we arrived at 8pm (doors opened at 8.30pm) and there was already a pretty big line. It was absolutely freezing! We still managed to get a spot two-three rows from the front of the stage. I think Josh looked at me a couple of times so I wasn't completely invisible for once - being short, that is.

Sunday (AA) I (being on my lonesome this time) arrived at 10am (doors opened at 12.30pm). I was 15thish in line. I wanted to get the first row this time but I was SO worried I wouldn't make it in time. So for 2.5 hours I sat (with the others) in the cold, wind and rain listening to Marianas Trench on my iPod - while trying to block out the girls singing the entire MT collection at the top of their lungs to passing motorists. The doors opened and I was able to be in the front row in front of Mike (yay!) exactly where I wanted to be!

I didn't factor into the pressure of being in the front row. I naturally cannot dance and singing along - or doing anything other than standing there - at a concert is foreign to me. I made an effort but I'm sure I looked like some spaz. I tried. The pros was that I did get a smile from Mike and Matt. Josh also did sang right in front of me. Like literally standing and sitting RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME! Close enough to touch. (I didn't - if you were wondering. I'm old school 'keep your hands to yourself' and all that lol)


The first opening act was Brooklyn, New York band Secret Someones. They weren't my cup of tea - not to say that they were bad - I'm not a big fan of female singers (never have been - it's the 90s boy-band fan-girl in me) Funny enough, I've had their songs in my head the most since the concert - so I'm unsure what exactly that means ... I should also note that their between song banter was the same on both days (I hate that. Always). The crowd seemed to like them well enough though on both days so that's good - and during the meet and greet they seemed like nice people (although, wouldn't you be if you were trying to plug your album?!) =P

Next up, was Australian band With Confidence. They were always going to be popular because they're a band made up of cute Aussie boys - and when you are in a room filled with mostly young girls, it is just a winning formula. I really liked their stuff actually too. Their drummer is a-ma-zing! I'm sure I will be hated saying this - but I thought he was the best drummer of any of the artists. He also managed to kill a snare drum during the 18+ show. The bass player reminded me of Keanu Reeves - oddly - as I can't explain why or how. The band were very well liked but their banter was also the same (I hates that!).


For the sake of this next part, I'm going to refer to the Saturday show as 18+ for over 18s, and the Sunday show as AA for All Ages. It was interesting seeing the differences in crowd over the two days. The 18+ had a mix of guys and girls. The AA was probably 98% girls - if not more. The AA crowd screamed louder than 18+ - but that was always to be expected. Funny enough, lining up for the 18+ concert, some drunk guys returning from the races asked if Justin Bieber was in town - the AA crowd were much more Bieber than the first. Some homeless guys did come over for AA and asked who we were all lining up to see - they then proceeded to talk to everyone in the line. Personally, I think they were drunk - but I could be wrong ...

Some tidbits:
  • 18+ Josh wore a red jacket and tie. At AA he wore a vest. Mike wore the same 'Awesome' shirt for both shows - but at AA he had on a red jacket too. Matt was too far away from me to see but it looks like at 18+ he wore a denim shirt and at AA he wore a denim vest. Ian, I couldn't see over the drum kit - but I kind of remember seeing mustard pants at AA but maybe I made that up ...
  • Mike leaned into the crowd at 18+ - he did not at AA. Josh, I'm unsure if he did at 18+ but at AA he was right up in there. He was touched in all kinds of places. His vest also came unbuttoned during one of those times. I also remember seeing lots of hands touching his legs.
  • At 18+ Josh spoke in an Australian accent numerous times. He was actually quite good. He said (I don't remember the guys name but he was helping with Josh's battery pack "Heeeeyy ... at least buy me a drink first, geez!" SO FUNNY!) was teaching him the accent - or it may have been the guy who plays guitar secretly when Josh isn't "Shh ... it's show business". Of course, they may have been the same guy - I do not know)
  • At 18+ Josh said that they normally perform Desperate Measures in their underwear - he said this would not happen tonight. Someone yelled out that 'we love underwear!' Josh bluntly said that that is good that we love underwear and that it is very hygienic. He also said something else which sounded really dirty and it made Mike laugh - but I don't remember exactly 100% what he said.
  • At 18+ someone threw a bra on stage. Josh hung it on the mike stand but it slipped. At AA a girl - named Stephanie - threw a necklace on stage. Josh put it on straight away and thanked her. She yelled out that she needed him to catch something. Mike joked that it had better be a knife. When the necklace was thrown up, Mike joked 'That's not a knife' - which got a big laugh because it referenced the tour name, get it?
  • At 18+ Josh said it was there second time in Australia. He asked which of us saw them in concert last year. The crowd roared. He thanked them for coming back. Then he asked which of us were seeing MT for the first time. The crowd roared again slightly more than before. And Josh proclaimed 'where the fuck where you guys?!' But then welcomed us to the MT family. He thanked all of us for being there. 
  • At AA some girl called out that she had travelled four hours to get to the concert. Josh said he had travelled 30 hours to get here. He liked to joke and tell people off for talking when he had the mic. It always got a lot of laughs. He said 'I can talk pretty fucking loud!'
  • At 18+ there were three key times where Josh commented on specific people in the audience. The first was at a guy standing in the back who Josh commented that he could see him way in the back doing some crazy move. Josh said it looked predatory. The second was a female dancing in the audience. Two arms raised vertical moving up and down. Josh mimicked her dance. Said it was different but liked it. The third was a guy who got over excited and did a crazy wave. Josh mimicked. It was hilarious! I'd like to say the third time was when he was speaking about underwear but I'm not sure if it was. 
  • At 18+ Josh smiled and laughed as Ian did the rap part in Pop 101. At AA Josh asked if we'd like to hear Ian rap. He did. And Josh grinned 'you're just so white'.  At AA, Josh said Ian is there 'white knight' and that he does a great job at doing the 'yeah' part as it sounds exactly like the real one.
  • I'm unsure if this is in regards to Pop 101 or Here's To The Zeros - whichever one has a high part. Pop does, so I'm thinking that. But at 18+ Josh wrote it and was like oh god I have to sing a really high note. But figured that was future Josh's problem. So when it came to future Josh he was like who is this arsehole who wrote this super high note. There was more to this story but I don't remember ….
  • At the very beginning of the AA show, some girl yelled out to Josh to take his shirt off. He said 'you take your shirt off first'. Then there were more naughty comments said. And Josh proclaimed that it was only the beginning of the show and the crowd was "already way more inappropriate/rowdy" than the 18+ show. He told the crowd to warm into it "foreplay, you know". After Pop 101, Josh said "Firstly, let me get myself more respectable because you guys dishonourably disrobed me" and did the buttons on his vest back up.
  • Also after Pop 101, at 18+ Josh said "always write your name in a song kids" and at AA it was more like "what kind of (jerk, loser, something etc) writes their name into a song? (He called the crowd kids a lot at 18+ - and at AA it was more darling. Go figure)
  • Later on a AA, after more groping, Josh said that 'That was some second base shit right there. Where I come from that's not gentlemanly like"
  • At AA Josh had to check the set list that was taped to the ground as he said he was "just making sure" because he said at the 18+ show he spent about four minutes introducing a song and it was the wrong song.
  • At AA Josh said that they had problems with the song Shutter because they said that it is offensive to people with a speech impairment. But he said "it is not a derogatory term, but it is in fact a scientific and medical term. And I invite people to look up a fucking dictionary"
  • At the 18+ show Josh said that he had been answering some questions on some website and then he got some crap from a bunch of people regarding him writing Call Me Maybe. And he was like 'if it's so fucking easy, why don't you do it?' so he wrote Pop 101 in response.  He said the same kind of thing at the AA show but just worded differently - I don't think he mentioned the website or the song name. 
  • At 18+ and AA. In regards to writing Here's To The Zeros. He also spoke a little about how voices are so perfected in the studio these days - but in AA in spoke more about that. He said that it's an exciting time for MT right now because after all these years, they've finally been signed to a big international record label. He said one thing that he has felt - not from the people who work there but just in general - is that he's felt "pressure to be part of the whole airbrushed pop star group which obviously (he) is not". So he decided that rather to be something that he is not, he decided to write a song that claimed everything that he is. He said it is all about not being on the cover of a magazine. 
  • At 18+ Josh spoke a little about (I can't remember which …) song and how it wasn't originally going to be on the album. It was a bit too The Lion King (he sung a little of it) but the band wanted it to be on the album. 
  • At AA Josh spoke about the song No Place Like Home. He and Mike spoke about how the album had to be in at 9am the next day to get sent to the sound people. They were still recording the album the day before because Josh was still writing the last song. They said that they handed in the album one hour later because Josh was writing the song that morning still. He said it was the most challenging but the song he is most proud of. 
  • At AA Josh said he wanted to bring back the term 'thanks Governor' because not many people call each other that anymore. 
  • In AA, I also want to mention that Josh went to introduce a song and the quote goes like this: "this is a song. well, isn't it stupid, now that I think about it, it's stupid to introduce any song by saying this is a song. Obviously, it's a fucking song. What do you think we do for a living? That's stupid. Anyways, this is a song … period."
  • Also, my favourite quote from AA is Josh saying: "Okay, now we're going to get slow, we're going to get sensitive and gosh dammit, we're gonna get a little bit sexy. I make no guarantees on any of those adjectives. In fact, prepared to be underwhelmed".
  • The only kind of repeated banter was at 18+ show Josh sang a few lines of song and then promoted the crowd to follow after him. I can't remember what song it was during. It went on for a little while and then the last bit was so long than the crowd didn't repeat him, they just clapped and cheered - and Josh moved on. At AA it was mostly the same except after the crowd clapped and cheered, Josh repeated the long line and the crowd repeated. Josh said we sounded like shit and then moved on to the next part. 
  • At 18+ Josh asked what Melbournians call themselves. He ran through about three and the only one I remember is "… Melbournites?" The crowd yelled out but he said one at a time and picked a girl out of the audience. She said Melbourians. He said that was rude of him and then gave her a guitar pick. 
  • At 18+ and AA Josh said that they are from Vancouver, Canada. He had his guitar with him which he called 'The Patrioit' because it is in the shape of the leaf on the Canadian flag. At the 18+ show he also bought the guitar he bought when he was last in Sydney on stage and played it. He didn't make mention of it at the AA concert and I'm unsure what it looked like so I don't know if he used it or not. 
  • At 18+ Josh mentioned that they were doing two shows in Melbourne (presuming that they did one last time, I guess) At AA Josh said he was glad they could do an all ages show so that all the young fans could come and see them play.
  • At 18+ Josh said that the band literally are in the middle of making their new album. They came down for the tour and then they go straight home again and back into the studio.
  • The 18+ song was And So It Goes. Josh said they sang it during rehearsal. 
  • At the 18+ show party poppers were thrown into the crowd and let off during the show.

At 18+, Josh said it is tradition that whenever it is a band member's birthday that they call a fan onto the stage to find the birthday boy cake while Josh sings. They called up a girl called Renee from the crowd and she had until Josh finished singing the song to feed Mike cake. Josh laughed through a lot of the song - so adorable!

Josh also said that Mike's birthday was yesterday in Canada but it wasn't. Mike said it would be tomorrow. And Josh said something like, 'I'm not a scientist. If I wanted to learn about science, I would have finished high school'. Time zones confuse us all - trust me.

I remember he also commented that they bought out three candles too. I remember afterwards Mike saying something that he was almost going to throw up. Josh said it would be funny if they bought more fans on stage to feed him (3 or 8) more cakes. I think Mike said he would probably explode (maybe, possibly) and Josh noted something about doing so wearing an 'Awesome' tee. I don't remember the exact wording but it was something like that. Here's a video - thanks to the person who uploaded this!


They sang their new song Here's To The Zeros at both the 18+ and AA shows. Second and third times live, respectfully. Josh said it comes out in a week.

Here's a video - thanks to the person who uploaded this!

Considering Here's To The Zeros and Pop 101, I predict the new album Astoria is going to be more pop orientated than previous others - but I guess we have to wait and see … But the 'Hey! Ho!' part ever so often creeps into my head more often than not. I guess it's time to learn those new lyrics.


At AA, Josh said that Ian was going to sing us a song - but instead the band members walked off stage leaving Josh to sing a song solo. He asked the crowd what they wanted to hear Josh play. I couldn't hear the suggestions but Josh said that we picked the two MT songs which wouldn't work acoustically. I think one of them was Sing Sing but I'm not 100% on that - even having recorded that part, I can't make out what was said. 

He ended up singing Skin and Bones. He described it as a heavy song. He said that he used to have a drug addiction problem. He said when you're a junkie you don't eat so he was really skinny and after he went to a treatment centre, he got really heavy because he was eating food again. And then he had an eating disorder for a couple of years after that.

Mike said it was weird that Josh picked that song because he was thinking about it the other day. Josh said he didn't pick it the fans did. Josh said that Skin and Bones is his favourite song off the Fix Me album. He also said that it's a weird song to do solo and should be done with the whole band. And then they mentioned putting it back on the set list again.

Anyways - I recorded it - which you can watch below.

I would have liked Alibis - but beggers can't be choosers ;) Granted Sing Sing would have been even better considering it is my favourite - but it couldn't be done.


After the show, you could stay back and meet the band. During 18+ Josh made sure we were an all adult crowd and he said he wanted to hang back and have a drink with us all. He said he wanted to try and keep up with us crazy Aussies but he made no promises. At AA he said that he wanted the crowd to stay back "You don't have to buy anything. We just wanted to meet you, say hi, shake your hand" etc. I didn't stay back the first time. The show finished after 12 - we were going to stay until 1am but the crowd was HUGE (I found out later that it sold out). I knew that I wouldn't get a chance to meet them before 1am so I left. I spoke to a girl at the AA concert who said that she got her photos after 2am and there was still a HUGE crowd waiting when she left.

I think the 18+ people got more of a one on one than the AA. Although two girls were lying on the ground at the AA show and when the band came out, Josh lay on the ground beside one of the girls and she went nuts and screamed! But at the AA show, MT were told that they had to be orderly (I guess because the night before had taken so long) so we all had to line up where the band was waiting at a station where you could take a photo with them and get something signed. It was really awkward and rushed and you got no time to talk to them whatsoever. I understand that the people wanted MT out of the venue but it was really quite impersonal and rushed, I thought. Not that it was the bands fault and - Still, I'm not complaining as it is more than other bands do - but it wasn't the best. I spoke to Mike for two seconds. Matt and Josh said nothing to me. And Ian thanked me as I was leaving. The guy taking the photos didn't know how to work my camera and he kept pressing the record button, so I literally have all this video footage of us just posing for a photo. This happened twice. Pretty cool actually - especially as I can take screenshots during videos on my phone.

I know some people stuck around at the stage door and got some one on one time afterwards. I thought about it but I was meeting friends for dinner so I had to rush off and go to that.


And that's it :) I enjoyed it SO much. Even SO much more than I thought I would. Until next time ….


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