Marianas Trench

Marianas Trench

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandPopRock

Marianas Trench have triumphed in the Canadian market with their platinum-selling album "Masterpiece Theatre," sold out headlining tours, and over 4 million views on YouTube for their video "Cross My Heart." Winners of multiple Indie Awards and #1 videos.

Biography

You thought the platinum-selling Masterpiece Theatre was ambitious? Just wait.

“It’s definitely more epic,” says Josh Ramsay, emphatically, of the upcoming Marianas Trench album, Ever After. Ramsay and his three bandmates, Matt Webb, Michael Ayley, and Ian Casselman, have been holed up in the frontman’s studio since they wrapped up some long and hard roadwork at the end of 2010, and his creative juices were obviously starting to leak. Based on what they’ve done so far, Ever After is going to be massive.

“There are some things that are really over the top on this record,” Ramsay chuckles, a mere day after he recorded the orchestral section of the album’s widescreen opening track. “It sounds like a chase scene,” he says. “I was, like, ‘We need 50 string players and we gotta to do this right!’”

Doing it right, in this case, means no looking back. Masterpiece Theatre was a breakthrough record; Ever After takes the band even further on its sonic adventure. Consider the lean ‘80s funk of the single “Haven’t Had Enough” as a sort of basic unit on Ever After. “Desperate Measures” and the amazing “Stutter” are no less skin-tight, but with Ramsay’s jones for the Beach Boys and Queen-calibre vocal arrangements crashing into something with the dimensions of Thriller-era Michael Jackson.

Ramsay is also playing up the underused R&B side of his voice on Ever After, turning the epic power ballad “By Now” into an emotional workout, soaring over the krushed groove of “Fallout”, and generally manifesting his inner soul man all over the place. It’s acrobatic work, but Ramsay was keen to push himself. “I like to sing in that style,” he says, “it’s something I really enjoy, but it’s gonna be a challenge live, for sure.”

“Truth or Dare” makes an even bolder statement with its choppy flamenco parts and a hook that sounds like a Maori singing backwards; something that Ramsay proudly says they achieved with effects-laden guitar instead of synths. But playing with sound is only half of the equation on Ever After. There’s also the conceptual part.

“All the songs live on their own as songs,” Ramsay explains, “but they also serve the purpose of telling a little narrative story throughout the record. I wanted to do that on the last record but as a writer I wasn’t ready. I had to step it up, which is also why I decided to produce Ever After on my own. If this is all gonna tie together, then you really need to see it through yourself.”

Ramsay conjured a dark, Tim Burton-inspired fairy tale for the album – we already saw its toy town setting in the “Haven’t Had Enough” video – and found musical inspiration in composers Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and Hollywood blockbusters like Super 8. Ever After plays, in fact, as one continuous track, “like one long song, or a symphony with movements,” as Ramsay puts it. Not that you can’t listen to the tracks individually, he stresses, but Ever After is every inch a cohesive narrative experience, and the work of a band asserting total creative control over its product.

Excited yet? Stayed tuned.

Lyrics

Shake Tramp

Written By: Josh Ramsay

Did I let you down to get that sound and break my knees to get release
And you needed some just to take you from and I hit you more is your face still sore,
Sorry but I tried it was never mine and I can still pretend I guess it all depends
I’m still a little crazy all the time but I can try to hide it, that’s still mine

Try a little more little more little more
They slap you like a bitch and you take it like a whore

Upside down and around and around just another piece till you need another sound

What a cheap perfume I hate this room
So testify but I still tried and you need that stamp little handshake tramp
And you hit me more and my face is still sore,
Sorry but I tried it was never mine and I can still pretend I guess it all depends
I’m still a little crazy all the time but I still try to hide it, that’s still mine

Faze them out
I know what you scream about
Don’t let me down

And the guilt in me is the hurt in you
And the hurt in you is the lost in me
And the lost in me is the need in you
And the need in you is the guilt in me

Decided to Break it

Written By: Josh Ramsay

All the concrete words around here
I'm the bad seed I think I swallowed it whole
You're the compromise that never falls through
Never left behind on the break down

A thousand promises that never seemed to help me before
A hundred less and I would stumble till I found the back door
With nothing left I think I'll probably sit around and ignore
The apathy that always leads me
All the broken hearts that hang around here
All the sick things that make you pull out your hair
All the bad dreams, all the nightmares
All the avarice that’s always sticking it in

The apathy that always leads me, always finds a way to break me down
And that's when I decided to break it

Say Anything

Written By: Josh Ramsay

I never took you for a trick but sometimes I don’t know what you want
I could take it if you need to take this out on someone

That little bitch with her head held so high talking shit
When I cut myself so I can feel something I know is not a lie
That one stings a little I’m always in the middle
I don’t expect but try me and you will always find me here
This is where I scream from…

You can take it all away and I’ll miss
There’s a little bit of you in all this
And you can say you only think you know

Please there’s a better bit of me to see yet because you haven’t seen any of my best
You know I hate myself without you now
Hurts the same when nobody knows guess that’s just how it goes
And I won’t say anything at all

I was talking on a dollar sign, anxious, scared of what you need
Everybody wants a piece of you everyone takes a piece of me
That one stings a little I’m always in the middle
I don’t expect but try me and you will always find me here
This is where I scream from…

This is the hook, take it like you took, I’m shaking like I shook before, never ever getting better off, and I can only watch, this is where I stopped before, not another piece of me, I always slip away from

Haven't Had Enough

Written By: Josh Ramsay

Testing testing, I'm just suggesting, you and I might not be the best thing Exit exit, somehow I guessed it right
But I still want you want you, don't mean to taunt you, if you leave now
I'll come back and haunt you, you'll remember return to sender now

Well I just wish we could go back one more time and begin it
Back before I lost myself somewhere in it

We've been stuck now so long, we just got the start wrong
One more last try, I'm a get the ending right
You can't stop this and I must insist that
You haven't had enough, you haven't had enough

Stuck now so long, we just got the start wrong
No more last place, you better get your story straight
You can't stop this and I must insist
You haven't had enough, you haven't had enough

I still need you need you, don't mean to tease you
If you want me, I'll come back and meet you
Whisper whisper you must admit you want it

Don't you need it, don't you want this at all
Don't you need it, don't you want this at all

Testing testing, I'm just suggesting, you and I might just be the best thing

Fallout

Written By: Josh Ramsay

An empty room, I’m empty too
Everything just reminds me of you
So many things that I shouldn’t have missed
The more that I push and the more you resist
It’s easy to say it’s for the best
When you want more, well you leave me with less

I’m awake and trying
While you’re sleeping like a baby beside him
I’m on the ledge, while you’re so god damn polite and composed
I know you see me and you’re making it look so easy
What comes and goes, I go without
I know you’re fine, but what about

Fallout,
Through the fallout

Well now there’s him and now there’s me
The secrets you give and the secrets you keep
Nevertheless, it’s never your let
It’s more that I give and the less that I get
Don’t tell me to fight, to fight for you
After this long I shouldn’t have too

Cross My Heart

Written By: Josh Ramsay

So here’s another day I spend away from you
Another night I’m on another broken avenue
My bag is ripped and worn
Then again now so am I
Take what you wanna, take what you wanna, take what you

I miss the stupid things
We’d go to sleep and then
You’d wake me up and kick me out of bed at 3am
Pick up the phone and hear you saying dirty things to me
Do what you wanna, do what you wanna, do what you

Take me with you I start to miss you
Take me home I don’t wanna be alone tonight

And I do want to show you I will run to you
To you, till I can’t stand on my own anymore
I cross my heart and hope to die
Cross my heart and hope to die
Cross my heart and hope to

Hotels are all the same
You’re still away from me
Another day, another dollar that I’ll never see
Can’t get a piece of the, a piece of the, piece of something good
Lie just a little, lie just a little, lie just a

I’m wondering what you’re doin
I wonder if you doubt it
I’m wondering how I used to ever go so long without it
No matter where I go, I’m coming back to you
I’ll be where I outta be
Where I outta be, where I outta

Take me with you I start to miss you
Take me home I don’t wanna be alone tonight

And I do want to show you I will run to you
To you, till I can’t stand on my own anymore
I cross my heart and hope to die

Take me with you, I start to miss you (x8)
Take me home I don’t wanna be alone tonight

Celebrity Status

Written By: Josh Ramsay

I look around, round, round look around and look it over, I take it up, up take it out and take you nowhere, trading in who I’ve been for shiny celebrity skin I like to push it and push it until my luck is over. It never stop stops, never stops well you better, think it over prima donna you don’t want to sever, all the work to impress, charming girls out of their dresses, and smiling pretty, well pretty will swallow you forever

Step one, step two, step three repeat
I pray at the church of asses in the seats, and I disappear behind the beat
When the mirrors and the lights and the smoke clear I’d never guess how we ever could have got here. You can say what you say when the lights go down.
So shake shake shake, and shut your mouth

I wonder why, why, I wonder why, why I outta, let you wreck, resurrect whatever you want to. I can’t depend in the end you know I thought you were my friend. Just stop, just stop, just stop I think I got it. Sorry you, sorry me, sorry every in between, sorry everybody here will never be somebody clean. There’s a piece of me they’re throwing back at us, and they will buy you and sell you for celebrity status

I’m trying

Beside You

Written By: Josh Ramsay

When your tears are spent on your last pretense and your tired eyes refuse to close and sleep in your defense. When it’s in your spine like you’ve walked for miles and the only thing you want is just to be still for a while

If your heart wears thin I will hold you up and I will hide you when it gets too much
I’ll be right beside you, I am right beside you

When you’re overwhelmed and you’ve lost your breath and the space between the things you know is blurry nonetheless. When you try to speak but you make no sound and the words you want are out of reach but they’ve never been so loud

I will stay. Nobody will break you

Trust in me. Don’t pull away
I’m just trying to keep this together, because I could do worse, and you could do better

Discography

Ever After (album) - Due for release November 21st, 2011
-Haven't Had Enough (Single) July 19th, 2011

Masterpiece Theatre (album) - February 24th, 2009
-Celebrity Status (Single)
-Beside You (Single)
-Cross My Heart (Single)
-All To Myself (Single)
-Good To you (Single)

Fix Me (album) October 3rd, 2006
-Shake Tramp (Single)
-Decided To Break It (Single)
-Say Anything (Single)

Set List

Masterpiece I
Celebrity Status
Say Anything
All To Myself
By Now
Sing Sing
Shake Tramp
Masterpiece II
Acadia
Haven’t Had Enough
Beside You
Perfect
Masterpiece III
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Good To You
Cross My Heart