Marianas Trench – Best “Pop” Music Video

Have you seen the new Marianas Trench music video? In a way, everybody has. MT’s video for their newest single “Pop 101” (barely feat. Anami Vice) satirizes other pop music videos that have circulated the internet and become viral sensations, such as “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, and “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO, among others. The choruses cut back to a parody (that is hilariously spot on) of a “typical” pop video, featuring a lot of pretty girls, lots of drinking, a little choreographed dancing, and very little clothing. Overall, the video is perfect for the song!

“Pop 101” is a sarcastic but accurate lesson on how to create a pop song. And who better to teach such a lesson than frontman of MT, Josh Ramsay, who produced and co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen’s mega hit “Call Me Maybe?” Ramsay starts off by taking you through the basics – “It’s called four-on-the-floor / a beat you can’t ignore / bring sexy back once more / they love that for sure.” And in the second verse he sights examples of artists who use the techniques he’s discussing, like the Black Eyed Peas (“Guitar and strings like these / to sound like Black Eyed Peas”) and Mumford & Sons (“Heartfelt pub anthems / from Mumford & his sons / gang vocals here we come”). The lesson is well crafted, with melodic references to Kesha, Justin Timberlake, and others thrown in. 

But the standout part of the song is the chorus. It hits hard by going from silence to a wall of sound and synths, and it exemplifies what it takes lyrically to be a pop hit – “get to the floor / and hear some words you should know / like DJ never let me go / or shots and then we’ll lose control / or baby, baby, baby, baby, baby.” And to top off the song, the bridge features a rap by Anami Vice that culminates in the words “cash money!”

This new release from MT is incredibly entertaining, but what does it mean for their upcoming album? Will its tracks be more hard hitting like “Say Anything” or “Fallout,” or will they be more hook-laden like “Desperate Measures” or “Stutter?” At the very least, the album will be full of expertly crafted pop songs. And really, what more could you want?

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