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Just in case you’re one of like, three people, who aren’t in love with Marianas Trench’s Josh Ramsay, prepare for your heart to be melted. Like mozzarella over a plate of dersihous nachos, Ramsay will be getting your lil heart hot!

Featuring newcomer Jessica Lee, discovered after the guys posted a contest on their blog looking for a singer to duet with Josh (OMGFRICKINCOOL), Good To You is going to be the biggest song at every school dance this year. Keep your personal space, people!

Mariana’s Trench are known for four things; great songs, great videos, great sense of humour and showin’ mad lurve for their fans. The guys of MT brought out their serious side with this beautifully shot black and white 1920s jazz club-inspired video. Lee’s voice is the perfect compliment to Ramsay’s in this love ballad.

Click here to see the video for Good to You and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Jessica Lee’s debut album, dropping in 2011!

Posted on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 at 5:05 pm by Allison and is filed under Blog. - Muchmusic.com


MONTREAL, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ - On February 20th, 2011, the Garage brand, known for its flirty casual fashion, hosted an exclusive VIP concert for the students of Corpus Christi High School of Burlington, Ontario. The school was crowned winner of the video-based "Get Loud" contest, which saw high schools across Canada and south of the border compete for the chance to win a private show by Marianas Trench - the Juno nominated, Canadian pop-rock band.

Launched in September 2010, the "Get Loud" contest asked students to submit videos showcasing their Garage spirit. These videos were cast, directed and edited by the participants themselves. They were posted on the contest's platform, getloud.garage.ca, which also enabled the uploaded content to be shared with friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. The entries were subject to an online voting process which closed on November 15th, 2010. The videos generated over 317,900 votes and more than 13,000 comments on the getloud.garage.ca platform. Contest buzz was also generated on the brand's site & Facebook.

The concert took place Sunday night, in Burlington Ontario, where hundreds of excited teenagers rocked out to their favourite Marianas Trench songs. "Thanks Garage for making this dream come true; our own private concert! We'll remember this forever.", says 16 year-old Kaylin Martin, one of the students who submitted the winning entry. Garage's marketing team & Toronto's Z-103 were also on location to co-host the event.

Garage continues to connect with its teen customer by bringing fashion, music and creativity to the forefront. "We think it's important to keep delivering unique, relevant, fun experiences to our teen customers", says Melissa Bissell, Marketing Manager for the Garage brand.

About Garage

After 35 years in the fashion business, the Garage brand, operating within Groupe Dynamite's umbrella, has experienced unprecedented growth in the last 5 years. This spirited group creates, designs, markets and distributes from its head office located in Montreal, Quebec, and encompasses more than 4,000 employees worldwide. Groupe Dynamite operates over 260 stores across all Canadian provinces, 7 states in the U.S., and most recently has expanded its operations in Dubai U.A.E, with additional locations planned for the Middle East in the near future.

About Marianas Trench

Marianas Trench is a Juno award nominated Canadian pop-rock band from Vancouver, BC. One week after the band's album Masterpiece Theatre was released, it kicked off at #4 on the Canadian Albums Chart. "Cross My Heart" became the band's second song to hit #1 on both the Much Music Countdown and iTunes Canada charts. In 2009, it was also nominated for four MMVAs and Cross my Heart went platinum in Canada. The song will soon be heard on US radio stations as the band gets set to heat up the US charts.

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Marianas Trench are happy to announce that they won the 2011 Indie award for Single Of The Year for "Celebrity Status" as well as Pop Group Of The Year. The award show took place on March 12th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, ON during Canadian Music Week.

Check out their album 'Masterpiece Theatre' and the track "Celebrity Status".

For more information, please visit: www.marianastrench.net. - Pure Grain Audio


Mike Ayley of Mariana Trench is a fan of Regina.
And that's because the Canadian pop punk band has lots of fans in the city, according to Ayley, bass player
and backing vocalist.
"We've been there a bunch, but not for a while," he said. "In 2009, we played at Evraz Place and that was
the biggest show we played during the entire tour in terms of turnout. Toronto usually has the highest
attendance. I was sure they'd made a mistake. It was awesome. I'm always excited to go back."
Marianas Trench recently released a new single, Haven't Had Enough. A new album, Ever After, is in the
works and the band hopes to have it released by October, Ayley said. It will be the third studio album for
the Juno-awardnominated group.
"The album's supposed to be like a dark, fairy-tale themed album," he continued. "I think it's going to be
more like our second than the first. The second was, I felt, more like a true album and a little bit more
streamlined. You can get the point of the songs more easily on the first or second listening and some of it
was more digestible to more people."
With the record in the works, the band has only been playing festivals this summer. Their show at Regina's
Queen City Ex next Wednesday night is right in the middle of a schedule that sees the group playing across
the country at a series of about 10 larger events, Ayley noted.
"It's cool because we have to finish the record throughout the summer, so we can't do too many shows," he
said. "But we get to try out new stuff. We've been playing two new songs, including Haven't Had Enough.
It's weird to be on stage and nervous playing songs again. All the old stuff, you know it, and just play it and
have fun. The new stuff keeps you on your toes. It's fun to feel those butterflies again."
But the amiable Ayley was coy about what fans in Regina should expect from the band, which also
includes Ian Casselman on drums and backing vocals, Josh Ramsay on lead vocals, rhythm guitar and
piano and Matt Webb on lead guitar, backing vocals and piano.
"When I go to see a movie and I expect it to suck, it usually impresses me," he said, with a laugh. "If I have
high expectations, then it usually sucks. So come with low expectations."
That being said, Marianas Trench - which is known for hits like Say Anything, Decided to Break It, Cross
My Heart and All to Myself- will put on an entertaining show, Ayley conceded.
"We're just going to have a good time. We'll be playing new songs and some of the best stuff from our past.
Hopefully, the weather's good. If there are people on the fence about coming or not, a band member may or
may not take their shirt off. That might actually scare people away, depending."
MARIANAS TRENCH
Wednesday, August 3
Queen City Ex
- Leder-Post


Vancouver bandmates of Marianas Trench proved how serious they are about their music with the voluminous sound
packed into their second album Masterpiece Theatre, but the spritely personalities of the group haven't changed since the
guys got together nearly 10 years ago.
They play the Port Theatre on Monday and have invited local talent Brandon Mason on stage to open the sold-out show.
Drummer Ian Casselman talked about the new CD yesterday as he walked to rehearsal in downtown Vancouver. The first
Masterpiece track opens the album and a second version of the song pops up as an interlude in the middle.
A third installment at the end completes the cohesiveness of the album by incorporating elements from every other track.
Josh Ramsay showcases his skills on this one, according to Casselman, who raved about the Masterpiece trilogy.
"He was a clever little bugger with those," he said.
The arrangements for Ramsay's songs, however, translate into much more rehearsals for bandmates.
"(Ramsay) writes what's best for the song. He doesn't think about the live stuff," the drummer explained. "Then when it all
comes together, we say how the hell are we supposed to play that?" It's been about two years since their last CD, but
bandmates look forward to promoting their latest project. They tour Canada at least twice this year, not including the
summer festivals, and they have stepped up to the challenge of producing their larger sound on stage. Ramsay and guitarist
Matt Webb replaced their keyboard with a full-size piano and the song writing requires far more vocals from everyone.
Both fans and the record label wanted a second album from the band, particularly after the success of their debut Fix Me,
but the guys took their time over the past year and put together an album they can be proud of, Casselman explained.
"We came off a high from the last album and from business side of things, momemtum is momentum, but if you put out a
crap album, there goes your momentum," he said. "We wanted to put out something that's good."
Mason opens for Marianas Trench. The local talent starts recording his first solo album this weekend and looks forward to
playing in front an 800-person audience. Mason left the four-piece group Morning Call, but has remained with the indie label
Drive Thru Records.
He's been working from a home studio, so you can check out samples of his songs at www.brandonmasonmusic.com or
check out the show next week. - DEREK SPALDING, THE DAILY NEWS MARCH 19, 2009


Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench is pumped about the release of Masterpiece Theatre, the
group's second album on Feb. 24.
“It debuted number 4 on the billboard,” said Ramsay.
The album‟s first single "Cross My Heart‟ was a number one hit in Canada. The 24-year-old wrote the music for this album, putting more pressure on his shoulders.
“I was a little worried,” said Ramsay.
Marianas Trench is a mixture of rock and pop and is enjoyed by fans of all ages. The group consists of Ramsay on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Matt Webb on backup vocals
and lead guitar, Mike Ayley on bass guitar and backup vocals and Ian Casselman on drums and
backup vocals. “I went to high school with Matt,” said Ramsay. He has known the rest of the group for more
than five years. The group put out their first album, Fix Me, in 2006. A single from that CD "Say Anything,‟ hit number 3 on the Canadian single chart. Marianas Trench made an appearance on the ABC show Kyle XY and their song "Alibis‟ was
included on the Kyle XY soundtrack.
The group is heading out on the road on tour to support their newest album. “We are playing 20 to 25 shows from B.C. to Manitoba,” said Ramsay. This is not the first time Marianas Trench has performed in Trail. The band was here in 2006 as
the opening act for the group Lillix.
Ramsay is part of Canadian rock royalty. His father, Miles Ramsay, once owned Little Mountain
Sound Studios and his mother, Corlynn Hanney, was a singer with Leonard Cohen‟s band.
Ramsay has also started writing and producing for other artists.
He recently wrote a song for Carly Rae Jepsen, runner up on the 2007 season of Canadian Idol.
Marianas Trench plays at the Charles Bailey Theatre on March 26. Tickets are $26. - Willa Condy - Trail-Rossland News March 10, 2009


Two Canadian artists score top 10 debuts with sophomore re-
leases on Top Albums. Vancouver’s Marianas Trench arrives
at No. 4 (5,000 units sold) with “Masterpiece Theatre” (Uni-
versal), the band’s follow-up to
2007’s “Fix Me.” The new set’s first
single, “Cross My Heart,” rises 24-
23 on the Billboard Canadian Hot
100, while two album tracks debut:
“Celebrity Status” (No. 56) and “All
to Myself” (No. 96). - Paul Tuch, Billboard.biz March 6, 2009


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)

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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.