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In the far, far away land of British Columbia, Canada, there once was a group of boys (Ian Casselman, Mike Ayley, Matt Webb, and Josh Ramsay) who came together to create music under the moniker Marianas Trench. Every time they released new music, boys and girls everywhere listened with joy as MT took them on a musical journey. In 2011 Ever After was released and brought with it the highly popular singles “Haven’t Had Enough” and “Fallout”.

Welcome to Ever After. A fairytale and a single, 54 minute track stitched from 12 discrete songs – the most audacious songs Marianas Trench has ever crafted. Ever After is constructed around a story written by Ramsay himself and then finessed into an accompanying booklet. It’s an actual physical experience; a warm throwback to the album era when your music was more than a bunch of orphaned songs sitting on an endless iPod playlist.

Welcome to Ever After. A fairytale and a single, 54 minute track stitched from 12 discrete songs – the most audacious songs Marianas Trench has ever crafted. Ever After is constructed around a story written by Ramsay himself and then finessed into an accompanying booklet. It’s an actual physical experience; a warm throwback to the album era when your music was more than a bunch of orphaned songs sitting on an endless iPod playlist.

You try to fall asleep but you hear something going bump in the night. It’s not monsters like in the kids TV show but Jakalope with their third album Things That Go Jump In The Night. As you hide under the covers you hear the industrial rock flow through the room as your heart starts pounding to the tight beats produced by Dave “Rave” Ogilvie. You think that’s everything until you hear Chrystal Leigh’s upbeat vocals which gets stuck in your head.

Over the past 10 years Canada has seen some great rock musicians, including Toronto’s very own Ian Thornley. He’s again hard at work with his hit band Thornley, supporting their latest album Tiny Pictures. On this release Ian wrote and recorded all vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, mandolin and more; the album is a testimony to the creativity and versatility of this Canadian musician.

If Jakalope’s first two albums established a bubblegum meets sheet-metal blueprint for the enterprise, Things That Go Jump In The Night is a graduation into something a little more substantial, and a little less brazen in its effort to make it’s self heard.

Matt Webb, lead guitarist with the Canadian band Marianas Trench, spoke with me recently about the band and their latest disc, Masterpiece Theatre. These guys play a brand of pop/punk that is extremely catchy. Powerful vocals and great melodies combine with deeply personal introspective lyrics that resonate long after the songs are over. Universal themes such as drug addiction and withdrawal and failed relationships are all issues that are real and easy to relateable.