Every Reference in Marianas Trench’s ‘Astoria’

As Marianas Trench fans know, Josh loves to allude/call back to previous songs/albums. This has been this case since their second album, Masterpiece Theatre. In this post I will highlight every reference made in Astoria, taking a deep dive into the album’s lyrics and melodies, extracting every reference to previous Marianas Trench songs. Astoria is an incredible album to say the least, and if you were a fan prior to this album coming out, and even if you became a fan after it came out, fans recognize that the references to previous songs/albums and are part of why Marianas Trench is such an extraordinary band. Additionally, I’m going to also include some other interesting allusions to other songs/literature that you may have missed.​


  • “Never after will suffice” – Reference to Ever After

Dearly Departed

  • “It’s the third of October” – Reference to Fix Me (Fix Me was released on October 3rd, 2006)
  • “Every masterpiece I’d write again” – Reference to Masterpiece Theatre
  • “You’ll always be my porcelain” – Reference to Porcelain
  • “I crossed my heart” – Reference to Cross My Heart
  • “But I stuttered too” – Reference to Stutter
  • “So truth or dare” – Reference to Truth or Dare
  • “Was I good to you?” – Reference to Good To You
  • “Haven’t had enough of you” – Reference to Haven’t Had Enough
  • “All to myself” – Reference to All to Myself
  • “Still right beside you in sickness and health” – Reference to Beside You
  • “Forever after you will be my home” – Reference to Ever After
  • “And there’s no place like home” – Reference to No Place Like Home

As you can see, all three of the previous Marianas Trench albums are referenced in this song, and if you’d never listened to any of them, you would have never even noticed considering how seamlessly they are inserted into the song.

End of an Era

  • Before and during the lyric “Astoria I’m warning you”, a remixed theme of the introduction to Masterpiece Theatre Pt. 3; the last song on Masterpiece Theatre plays. “Astoria I’m warning you” of course is a reference to the first track in the album.
  • “Come and face the music Astoria” – Reference to the opening track on Ever After as well as the Face The Music EP.
  • After the line “But my heart is overdue”, the section leads into the next with musical themes from the final songs of the last two albums: Masterpiece Theatre Pt. 3 and No Place Like Home.
  • “I feel so ashamed, wish this was easy, I want you to know” – Reference to Low
  • “This never was the man I hoped to be” – Reference to Alibis
  • “By now” – Reference to By Now
  • “I gave in to sickness, can you find forgiveness” – Reference to Porcelain as it is sung in the same tune as “When your heart releases, you won’t fall to pieces”
  • “For a dear old friend” – Reference to Dearly Departed
  • After the line “So Astoria can end”, a revamped version of the guitar solo from Porcelain plays.
  • “I’m in over my head” – Reference to Primetime
  • The guitar after that line is very similar to the intro song Astoria.

Other Interesting Allusions and References – Marianas Trench ‘Astoria’

  • “When star crossed lovers take their life” is a reference to the prologue of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ by William Shakespeare
  • “Never say die” is a reference to the movie ‘The Goonies’
  • “Don’t you want to kiss me someday too?” is a reference to the movie ‘Footloose’
  • The title of the cinematic “August Burns Red” is a reference to a song by the band August Burns Red called Marianas Trench.
  • Not a reference, but musically ‘This Means War’ is compared to Bananarama’s song ‘Cruel Summer’ and the song’s melody is similar to that of Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway”
  • “Best laid plans are not sober” is derived from a Scottish poem where one line states: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”
  • “Don’t sound like Mike did, No but it’s all right for a white kid” is a reference to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 song “I Want You Back” as the song Shut Up and Kiss Me clearly sounds similar to it.
  • “If we shadows have offended, I hope your heart can still be mended” is a reference to Puck’s monologue at the conclusion of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare. ​

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