Ever After with Marianas Trench

We sit with Marianas Trench band members Josh Ramsay, Mike Ayley, and Matt Webb about their favourite live shows to play, Ever After’s inspiration, and more!

By Giselle San Miguel

Photos provided by Universal Music Canada

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If you could collaborate with any musician dead or alive who would it be and why?

 Marianas Trench - Ever AfterMike: I think it would be cool to collaborate with The Beatles, quite possibly in the Sgt. Pepper album to see how they worked together and how they came up with some of those ideas. To even be just the fly on the wall would have been amazing, never mind having any input in it.

Matt: I would like to collaborate with Boz Scaggs. Just beccause hanging out with a guy named Boz would be pretty cool.

Josh: I’d probably want to collaborate with Eddie Murphy during Party All the Time era in the early ’80s and late ’90s. Being able to work with a hit machine like Eddie would really great.

What’s your most memorable live show you’ve played?

Mike: If I had to pick just one, it would probably be the Massey Hall one because it was such a popular venue that you hear of growing up. There’s a lot of cool venues in the country, but that’s Canada’s name brand venue (if there’s one) so selling out that place was a big accomplishment. And it was so cool because we came out to just play that one show from Vancouver, so it was kind of a neat experience since then.

Josh: What was cool for me was that we had lined up a show at Massey Hall and then I saw a show a few months later, that Brian Wilson was playing at Massey Hall and it wasn’t sold out, and he is like my hero. That was pretty cool. It was pretty neat.

@AmandaaMalik from Twitter asks, “What’s your favourite song to perform?”

Matt: We just started playing all the new songs so once we start playing the whole album, it’ll be more up to date. From the last record, I really liked Master Piece Theatre and Lover Dearest. Lover Dearest is one of those songs that we’d play at the end of the album cycle and I would get goose bumps live. That’s always a good test for me once I can get that out of a live performance.

Josh: I don’t like playing Lover Dearest all that much because it takes too much out of me.

Matt: Well that’s the thing, we only play it one out of three or four shows because it’s such a heavy song.

Mike: I kind of like the up-tempo ones. I think maybe off of the last record, Celebrity Status would maybe be my favourite because we open up the set with that song. It’s a great way to come out and the crowd seems to be pretty pumped when we play.

Josh: Sometimes we do an awesome cover. Ian sings it, and we trade off, and I play drums and he sings “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.” And I quite enjoy that. 

@mandie94 asks, “How did you come up with the story concept for the album Ever After? What was the inspiration behind it?”

Josh: I really wrote the music picturing the imagery albeit because I wanted the album to feel visual. You know in any of those fairy tale movies, there’s always the big opening scene, where the first people get to the other world place like Oz or Avatar? There’s always that big wide shot where they see the land for the first time? Well we wanted the opening of the record to feel like that wide shot. I thought of a lot of things like that and pieced the story around those moments.

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Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.