L-R- Alex Hodges (guitar, vocals), Jeremy Toppings (bass, vocals), Darien Swolfs (drums), Adam Sakauye (lead vocals) and Aaron Stafford (guitar, vocals)
T-Rex Marathon is bringing energetic, authentic pop-punk and post-hardcore to the world from their hometown of Ottawa, Canada.
The band expects long time fans to be able to appreciate hearing the songs they’ve been hearing live for years, but also experience a new direction the group is heading in going forward. The continuous upward trend exhibited by the band moves from standard power chord punk to being more mature, more challenging, and more refined. This has indirectly resulted in a slight softening up of the sound, but it’s also more dynamic and interesting.
The single “Sheltered” is a fine blend of interesting melodies, driving rhythms, poetic lyrics, catchy chorus, with a little bit of fun sprinkled throughout. If there was one song that would be the quintessential T-Rex Marathon piece, here it is. The band expands on it in their own words:
“Musically, the song is not complex, and yet it does exactly what it needs to do at any given point. It’s a perfect example of restraint and tastefulness and the whole band working in service of a larger musical idea. It’s beautiful, it’s charming, and it’s heavy when it needs to be. It’s also a demonstration of a wide dynamic range that conveys a wide array of emotions.”
The third single off their first full length only marks a continued drive for the band to make accessible music for fans looking to connect with their past and also look brightly towards the future. The band cites that fans can expect smaller releases that lean more on the conceptual end and more musical experimentation.
For fans of Alexisonfire, A Day to Remember, and Taking Back Sunday, “Sheltered” is one of the more straightforward punk tunes that play with the tempo at times and is the kind of song you can get lost in.
“Sheltered” can be heard via its music video premiere on NewFuryMedia HERE .
For fans of Billy Talent, Alexisonfire, and A Day to Remember, t he full release of “Days Without Incident” is out on October 16, 2020. Album pre-order at T-rexmarathon.bandcamp.com . Apple Music, Spotify pre-save here .
“A Prison Just For Us” - YouTube
“Faux News ” - YouTube
1. All For Nothing (2:56)
2. No Words (4:56)
3. Faux News (3:05)
4. A Prison Just For Us (4:08)
5. Turnpike (4:06)
6. Pick Your Poison (4:58)
7. Misfits (4:24)
8. Sheltered (4:01)
9. Futures and Goodbyes (4:32)
10. 5 Centimeters Per Second (5:58)
Album Length: 43:09
• All songs performed by: T-Rex Marathon
• All songs written by: T-Rex Marathon
• Produced by: T-Rex Marathon and Mike Bond
• Mixed by: Mike Bond
• Mastered by: Mike Bond
• Album Artwork by: Jeremy Toppings
• Member of SOCAN
• Canadian Content (MAPL)
Album and Live Band Line Up:
Aaron Stafford – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals
Adam Sakauye – Lead Vocals
Alex Hodges – Guitar/Bass/KeysVocals
Darien Swolfs – Drums/Percussion
Jeremy Toppings – Bass/Vocals
Starting out on the Ottawa metal/hardcore scene, T-Rex Marathon has adopted a unique sound that comes from a mix of Alternative Rock, Punk, and Post-Hardcore.
Formed by friends in high school, the band began to really take shape almost by accident and through dumb luck. The current lineup consists of Aaron Stafford (guitar/bass/keys/vocals), Adam Sakauye (lead vocals), Alex Hodges (guitar/bass/keys/vocals), Darien Swolfs (drums/percussion), and Jeremy Toppings (bass/vocals).
In a fiercely democratic writing process, every single member has input and a veto, sometimes resulting in a very long but completely organic process resulting in a synthesis of something everyone is happy with. As the band progresses, so does the love and attention that is put into each and everything they produce. The T-Rex Marathon family is and has always been, dedicated to making kick-ass music and leaving a mark in the industry, not only for them, but for their fans.
The boys in T-Rex, as the band is called for short, endlessly value their dedicated fans, affectionately known as Marathoners. After all, it is for them that they continue to write about what they want and play what feels right. T-Rex Marathon’s music is a simple blend of attack and melody that has the main goal of being not only fun to play, but fun to listen and rock out to.
The stage is a performing area, and this band refuses to give anything but their all at every show. They have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with bands such as: Of Burning Empires, Flesh Over Faith, Faithful Unto Death, and Project Mantra. They have also played Wretched Fest 1&3, Unite and Ignite 2012, 2014.
To date, the band has released 2 EPs Aurelia (2017), Eponymous (2016), and are readying to share with fans their first full length ” Days Without Incident ” due out October 16th, 2020.