Marianas Trench Interview – Josh Ramsay on band name, new album and more

THE STAR SCOOP:
We got a lot of questions about the name of the band…so why’d so many people us ask that question?

JOSH RAMSAY of MARIANAS TRENCH:
I guess I’d have to say it’s something like a riddle, you know? It’s like in an old English folklore thing when you’re trying to find the lair to like, the secret entrance of Narnia or something, but the entrance always moves because it is alive in all of us.

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THE STAR SCOOP:
For your next album, what can you tell us about what we should expect?

JOSH RAMSAY of MARIANAS TRENCH:
I’m already partway through writing it. There’s a lot of pop rock songs on it still and everything and it’s sort of fun and dancy. But, I think what I’m trying for on this one is to figure out a way to, although still sticking to the sort of pop framework, to try and make it a little more symphonic.

I kind of want the next record to feel more like a symphony. The last one felt kind of like a musical. This one’s going to feel more like a symphony. It’s still really poppy and stuff, but at the same time, I’m trying to figure out a way to have the straight floor pop songs mixed in with like, super artistic, crazy things as well. I’m trying to find a way to blend the two.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You’ve been so successful in Canada. Is there anything that you attribute that success to and how do you hope to use that to get yourselves more established in the U.S.?

JOSH RAMSAY of MARIANAS TRENCH:
There’s obviously a ton of hard work  in terms of how we got to where we are in Canada. There’s tons of hard work both from our point of view.  We had to work mega hard and never be home and did a whole bunch of things you don’t ever want to do like riding in vans for 20 hours a day and all that kind of stuff back in the day.

We worked really hard to play shows for 10 people and stuff. I think on the other hand, as we gained fans coming up, they worked really hard, too, to try and expand the fan base and get the word out on us, and requesting us on the radio and on television and on the net. I think our fans have worked just as hard for this as we have.

Which I think is sort of why we have such a great semiotic relationship with our fan base. I feel like any of the success we’ve had is for us but it’s also for them too. I just hope that we can recreate the same sort of thing in the United States.

And I think we already are. It’s like it was in Canada a few years ago as opposed to like it is now. We’re sort of starting over again but we can already see that sort of same thing happen. We’re very lucky!

THE STAR SCOOP:
We really want to know when you’ll come to the U.S. and what we can expect over here?

JOSH RAMSAY of MARIANAS TRENCH:
I can’t announce with who or what the dates are, but there is a big U.S. tour coming up in February.

THE STAR SCOOP:

This question was tweeted to us: What goes through your head or how do you feel when fans tell you that your songs about addiction and bulimia have helped them?

JOSH RAMSAY of MARIANAS TRENCH:
I guess two things. On the one hand, I’m really grateful that something I wrote could help someone. It’s really cool that that’s something that they’ve identified with.

But at the same time, I also sometimes get a little bit nervous about it because I don’t think it’s a good thing when someone puts all of the responsibility of themselves recovering from something on something someone else did. Because, I think in the end, it’s still a choice that they’re making for themselves, and so, really, the person they need to thank is themselves, not me.

THE STAR SCOOP:

Do you have any goals that you’re hoping to achieve for 2011, since it’s right around the corner?

JOSH RAMSAY of MARIANAS TRENCH:

We’re starting work on the new record as we speak. So I guess the two things are we really want to do some more touring in the United States and we want to get recording the next record so that we can release our next album simultaneously in Canada and the United States at the same time.

Because of course this time when the record was out, it came out in America like a year and a half after it had come out in Canada. So I think what we need to do is try and connect the dots so it can be released everywhere at the same time. Really right now, I’m just trying to focus on writing good songs and on making sure that the next album is better than the last one.

THE STAR SCOOP:
How do you guys interact and what is it like being together as a group?

JOSH RAMSAY of MARIANAS TRENCH:
Picture this. Picture you’re around someone so much, that you’re having breakfast with them in the morning and you look over at someone and you go, you know, I just hate the way he chews his [expletive] food. You know? I mean I’m kidding obviously.

I think we’ve had our ups and downs within the band, but it’s like a family, right? I mean, you’re in it for the long haul. I think we’re all in a really good place with each other right now. Everyone couldn’t be happier about what’s happening to the band. I think we all feel very lucky to be working together.

THE STAR SCOOP:
This question was sent in to us…who is most likely to accidentally staple themselves?

JOSH RAMSAY of MARIANAS TRENCH:
Oh, that’s me for sure.

THE STAR SCOOP:
How come?

JOSH RAMSAY of MARIANAS TRENCH:
Because it’s happened. That happened to me back in the day…like back before when we’d be playing a local show in Vancouver and you put up posters for yourself, and you staple to those message boards and stuff. I’ve definitely accidentally stapled myself for sure. Like numerous times.

And it’s also most likely to be me because I’m the clumsiest out of all the band. I’m just like a super unbalanced kind of guy that way. I’m really organized when it comes to artistic things and really disorganized and incapable in the rest of life.

For example, this year, I recently finally cracked the code on how to work a laundry machine. The dryer’s still giving me trouble though.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Is there something that you want to say right to your fans?

JOSH RAMSAY of MARIANAS TRENCH:
Yeah. I mean, thanks! We wouldn’t be able to do what we do for a living without the support of all of these people. We wouldn’t have gotten to do a second album without the support of these people, we probably wouldn’t have even gotten to do a first album without the support of everyone. I really hope that our fan base can view any successes that we have as their own. Because they’re the ones making any of those successes happen.

I know that all the band feels like it’s not just our success, it’s everybody’s. I really hope that all of our awesome fans out there working hard for us realize that it’s because of them that we get to do all of this stuff. Jeez, like without that, we wouldn’t have gotten to do anything. I’d still be doing singing telegrams for a living, which I did do!

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