Marianas Trench Biography

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Drinking deep from what front man and founder Josh Ramsay jokingly refers to as the goblet of rock Marianas Trench delivers guitar anthems that kick loud and hard. Soaring in and around the guitar/bass/drum fury are four highly trained singers with the skill to break into a cappella flights of harmony. The result: A novel mix of brash and innocent, yearning melodicism and over-the-top rock dynamics.

Fix Me, Marianas Trenchs full-length 604 Records debut, documents a hugely ambitious Vancouver quartet that has been relentlessly writing, fine-tuning and performing since the turn of the decade. We are ready to take over the world and save the universe from evil, says, Ramsay only half kidding. We are persistent little bastards. We want to be doing 250 shows a year. We will eat Kraft Dinner every night. We are prepared to do whatever it takes.

The albums 11 songs cram in more hooks and ideas than the pop medium can typically absorb. The Dave Genn (MGB, 54.40) produced sound is raw and alive, marked by Ramsays wounded howl, the rhythm sections lockstep surge and one flaming guitar riff after the next. As for the tightly arranged tag-team vocals, theyre the real deal, free from any post-production tweaking and a highlight of the live show.

Marianas Trench comes by its hybrid rock/vocal sound honestly. There was never a point where I thought, Okay, lets stick this together with that, explains Ramsay. I grew up amidst a crazy amount of music. Most people are influenced by their favorites, and mine just happen to be from radically different sides of the spectrum.

Ramsays dad, Miles, once owned Little Mountain Sound, the Vancouver recording studio that in its 1980s prime hosted Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and AC/DC. (I can remember guys like Steven Tyler and Tommy Lee walking around, but I was a little young to be telling Tyler, Dude, that was a wicked vocal.) His mother, Corlynn Hanney, is a vocal teacher whose career was highlighted by two years of touring and recording with Leonard Cohen. My parents were into the Beach Boys and anything else that had a lot of singing. Eventually I discovered Green Day, Foo Fighters, shit like that. But I never lost interest in all those cool vocal bands like Jellyfish.

Ramsay racked up his first solo gig in a coffeehouse at 14. Seated beside him in the high school band was Matt Webb, a multi-instrumentalist who switched to guitar when he joined Marianas Trench in 2001. Both were also tenors in the school choir. Back home, Ramsay was learning to engineer his own songs, building teenage symphonies with the same 16-track Neve console Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance had used to write Kids Wanna Rock and Summer of 69.

Over the years Ramsay has reigned in his hyperactive creative imagination. The learning curve was mastered with input from a string of producers. John Webster (Tom Cochrane) handled early demos. And once Marianas Trench was signed to 604, Warne Livesey (Matthew Good Band, Midnight Oil), Brad McGivern (Bif Naked, Lillix) and the Nickelback combo of Chad Kroeger and Joey Moi helped refine the material further.

It was Dave Genn, however, who got the call to co-produce Fix Me with the band. Genn was awesome, says Webb of the Vancouver-based musician and producer. Ive respected and looked up to that guy for a lot of reasons. And he just came in and did his magic.

Live, Ramsay and Webb trade guitar leads while the rhythm section of Ian Casselman and Mike Ayley keeps the sound powering forward. The gig is youve got to be able to play, says Webb, but youve also got to sing. For a lark during concerts, theyve been known to croon a cappella versions of Good Vibrations and Billy Joels And So It Goes.

Cocky and confident in the knowledge that Marianas Trench has worked supremely hard to get to this point, Ramsay says the band intends to break fast from the starting gate once Fix Me hits the street. Weve been waiting a long time for this moment, and we intend to bust our balls to make it happen. What can I say, 100 million fans won't be wrong.

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TrenchMazing | Reviewer: AmericanTrencher99 | 11/8/13

I discovered them for myself and I am so in love with them. I can't imagine my life without them. Sounds crazy but anytime I'm down I listen to their music and I feel way better. Just hearing Josh's voice makes me crazy and I LOVE HIM SOOOO MUCH!!!!

Theysavedmylife | Reviewer: Jordiinnn!!:* | 2/8/13

Ok first let me say I just love Marianas Trench, they saved me. For the past last 4 months I struggle with a really dark secrect and when I first hear their music I was in love. Their music, their everything, they make me see that I'm way better then what I have put myself through. The first song I heard from them "Ever After" brought tears to my eyes. It touched my heart in ways I didn't think possibal. I love you Marianas Trench thank you <3 and to all the others out their having a hard time I love you and stay strong.

Marinas trench | Reviewer: Sherry | 1/14/13

They are a great band,
I was first told about them by my six and eight year old daughters that are in love with Josh Ramsay
I would like to take my kids to their concert but unfortunately for a couple of ex- choir boys there are way too many F bombs for my kids to hear
It's too bad talented artists often think they have to swear at concerts all the time!

Anonoyoumus Marianas Trench fan | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/28/12

My favourtie band, seriously, most artists, i like one or two of thier songs, or am crazed about tehm for a short period of time.. but i think i'll be loving Marianas Trench till i die. They are amazing, and thier songs are inspiring and moving. I love them!!

So Great I have to see them 3 times or more :) | Reviewer: Karley | 9/16/09

I saw them at Mavericks bar in Ottawa 2 years in a row,
though I'm not gunna take it as far as saying I"m in love with Josh Ramsay, beacuse you cant say that about someone you have never talked to or dated,
He is however, hot, as many people have stated, his lyrics are sooo powerful. Marianas Trench is my all time favorite band, I anticipate their next concert in Ottawa, which isn't too far away :D and yes I"mgoing to it, they're that great! Marianas Trench, is AMAZING!

breath taking | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/2/09

wow i dont even know what to say...first off marianas trench is such an inspiring,fun,crazy band and the songs are so touching and the lyrics take me away from the real world and sweep me off to one with pain or happiness or forgotten love and the songs just really make me think...josh and the bands stage presense is so friggen amazing and there live show with the stereos was awsome. Josh is hilarious and when he started to sing i couldnt help but let the music takeover i sang and danced and didnt care what other people thought skrew what the doctor says marianas trench is the best everytime :) <3

Hotties | Reviewer: Amber!! | 7/16/09

I love love love Marianas Trench!!
They are my favorite band.. and Josh Ramsay completes me! I love you all, and hope to see you in CONCERT again.. Guys the concert at Mavericks Bar was amazing =D Hope you come to Ottawa more often!
Love ya <3

Marianas Trench ROCKS!!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/5/09

Marianas Trench is a really awsome band, I first heard them last year when I saw their music video for "Cross My Heart". So then I downloaded every song that they sung. My favorite songs are Cross My Heart,Say Anything,Celebrity Status,All To Myself and Shake Tramp. I recommend you listen to these songs. :)

kick butt | Reviewer: amber | 4/20/09

marianas trench his the best theey r almost all i listen to i love all the songs ur soooo the best and josh has awsome hair !!!!!! i love marianas trench there vary insprational.... and there so activ on stage there never boring aspeshaly josh he soooo kicks butt id todaly give anything to be able to sing as good josh i love you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! id also give anything to bable to meet marianas trench there that good the only band iv ever realy wanted to meeet there just that awsome i have all there cds my favoret songe sing sing or desided to brake it amber (L)

OMFG!! | Reviewer: xxcaity | 9/26/07

my friend from Canada showed me the vid to Shake Tramp on youtube, and I was instantly hooked, I have since downloaded HEAPS of their songs from the net, and plan to download many more!!!


HOTT! | Reviewer: Thannnhiieee.<3 | 8/20/07

MARIANAS TRENCH ROCKS! Omgsh when I first heard 'Say Anything' I feel in love with them. Their totaly awesome. I love every single freaking song of theirs they rock and kick ass!
Btw Josh Ramsay is hot!

AWESOME band!!! XD | Reviewer: Mischa.--x | 7/7/07

Marianas Trench is a really good band, I first heard them last year when I saw the music video for Say Anything. So I got their cd, Fix Me, and all the other songs are just as good. The only bad thing is that suddenly their song Shake Tramp is becoming popular, and now everyone knows them:(
I don't feel special anymore listening to them ahaha but they still rock if you don't have the cd you should buy it!!!!!! Josh has an awesome voice, and the music is amazing!! My favorite songs are Vertigo, Alive Again and Skin And Bones.
Anyways get the cd !!!! :)))))))))

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