Marianas Trench

Marianas Trench

Scott Helman, DJ George Thoms

Sun 5/26/19

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)


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Marianas Trench
Marianas Trench
Increasingly people are saying that the album is dead. With Phantoms (604 Records) Marianas Trench prove that the reports of its death are greatly exaggerated.

“I think we’re going to see more artists just releasing singles,” says Marianas Trench’s Josh Ramsay, “but that doesn’t inspire me.”

What does inspire Ramsay is creating a self-contained universe for the band’s songs to exist in. On Phantoms, a house possessed by the spirit of lingering loss whose inhabitant is driven to madness by the ghost of a former love.

The band drills down into the consequences of that loss deeply on lead single, ‘I Knew You When’ – a track that showcases Ramsay’s staggering vocal range and the band’s ample musical chops in equal measure.

Like past records, Phantoms finds the Vancouver-based four-piece pushing their musical boundaries relentlessly. From the jaw-dropping a cappella opener, ‘Eleonora’ to its unapologetically epic closer, ‘The Killing Kind’, Phantoms sheer emotional weight and brutal honesty will leave a lasting mark on listeners.

“It’s about messy, real-life love with consequences; a relationship that takes years to build,” Ramsay says. “And Phantoms, I think, will allow people to connect on their own stories to the ones that we’re sharing.”
Scott Helman
Scott Helman
Since the May 2017 release of Scott Helman’s full-length album Hôtel De Ville, the four-time JUNO Award nominee has maintained a relentless touring schedule in support of the album and it’s hit singles “Kinda Complicated,” “Ripple Effect” and the gold-certified “PDA.” Beginning with a headlining tour across Canada in the Fall of 2017, Scott then began the new year visiting media in Singapore, Hong, Kong, Japan and Australia (where he played solo shows in Sydney and Melbourne) before heading to Spain and Italy for multi-artist festival shows.
In the summer of 2018, Scott was invited to open for Vance Joy’s five cross-Canada tour dates. Those shows went so well that he was eventually asked to join the entire Vance Joy European tour.
Finding his musical influences in album-focused artists like Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Cure, Bon Iver and Paul Simon, Canadian singer-songwriter Scott Helman has established himself as one of the country’s leading young songwriters, earning himself a 2018 JUNO Award nomination as Songwriter of the Year.
In 2014, Scott Helman announced himself to the world with the release of the track “Bungalow” as the first single from his debut EP Augusta. The song introduced a fresh new voice to the musical landscape and his versatility led to tours across Canada, playing with the likes of Tegan and Sara, Shawn Mendes and Matthew Good. Opening for Walk Off The Earth on extensive tours of the U.S. and Europe, Scott stood alone on stage and, night after night, won over skeptical audiences and began building an international fan base. In 2015, Scott beat out 11 other artists to be the first to win Spotify Canada’s Emerge program and in January 2016, he topped the Teen Vogue list of voices to look out for that year over the likes of Melanie Martinez and Elle King. By the time Scott went back in to the studio to begin work on Hôtel de Ville he had been nominated for a 2015 MuchMusic Video Award and two 2016 Juno Awards and performed to massive national TV audiences on both award shows. “Bungalow” was certified platinum in Canada and he rang in 2017 with a raucous tribute to Leonard Cohen, performing “Bird On A Wire” in Cohen’s hometown of Montreal in front of 50,000 people and broadcast live on CBC TV.
DJ George Thoms
DJ George Thoms
George Thoms is a Canadian born musician, turned DJ/producer, whose start in the music industry was nothing short of unique. Raised in a deaf household and encouraged by musically gifted grandparents, Thoms received his first drum kit at the age of 12 and has yet to look back.
Spending the early part of his career as the lead vocalist in the hardcore group, Gone Hollywood, while simultaneously managing the Drum Shop at Toronto music landmark, Steve’s Music Store, Thoms proved himself as a bonafide percussion expert, talented songwriter and brazen performer. Over the course of their 4 year run, Gone Hollywood toured and played hundreds of shows with bands such as Every Time I Die, The Bronx, All That Remains, The Holly Springs Disaster, Callahan, Straight Reads The line, Cancer Bats and many more while tenaciously taking the Canadian hardcore scene by storm.
Upon Gone Hollywood’s disbandment in 2009, Thoms quickly shifted gears and acted on his love of Motown, Funk, Soul, Pop, House and hip-hop music. Inspired by the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff and fellow Canadian, Skratch Bastid, Thoms took to the turntables and began to perform in a different capacity, as an open format DJ.
After spending 5 years traveling across North American nearly a dozen times touring with metal bands Protest the Hero and Cancer Bats, Thoms finally settled in Toronto to further hone his DJing craft. Taking an invested interest in turntablism and taking lessons from scratch legend, DJ Grouch, Thoms became a sought-after open format talent, holding down residencies at local Clubs/Bars such as Lavelle, Track & Field, Spin, Baby Huey, King Taps, Belfast Love, Cold Tea, Spin and Bangarang. Playing with Renown acts such as Grandtheft, Smalltown DJ’s, Skratch Bastid, Black Tiger Sex Machine, LCD Soundsystem, Action Bronson, Mazurbate (Official DJ for Jeremy Scott), Dopey, Grouch, Hej Zeus, Shortkut, M-Rock, Nick Bike, Vilify, ACRO, Harley Davidson, Marianas Trench, Elijah Wood x Jamie Fine, Shawn Hook, Virginia To Vegas, Courage My Love and many many more.
Outside of his current 3-5 night-a-week performance schedule, Thoms continues to explore his love and talent for songwriting and production. Working alongside engineer heavyweights Quinn Daniels (Japain, Death Cohen) and Matt Hall (Island Riot, MH, Doubles), Thoms has produced a bold body of remixes and original music with over 1,000,000 streams.
Thoms’ Debut Album Not Equal was released Jan 10/17 which is an instrumental 8 song collection of work using moody synths and driving basslines to achieve a truly unique sound.
When Thoms is not DJing in Toronto or on tour with Daniel Caesar or Marianas Trench he can be found cuddled on his couch with Wolfie his dog and his beloved partner Sarah.
Venue Information:
Slowdown - Main Room
729 North 14th Street
Omaha, NE, 68102-4702