You Could Be My Ever After
While bands like Three Days Grace and Simple Plan gained worldwide fame in the late early 2000’s, an amazing punk-rock band has been brewing, 11 years in the making. They have three albums released, and hail from Vancouver. They have fans all over Canada and thousands in the US, but they are still in the shadows. I am here to bring them to the light. They are Marianas Trench, and they are here for world domination.
If you’ve followed me before, you have read about my Journey at the Backyard BBQ (articlehttps://radiumrollercoaster.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/my-journeys-at-the-backyard-bbq/), where I met the wonderful Matt Webb, the guitarist for Marianas Trench. As promised, I got the interview. First, some background.
They began in 2001, and the next year had an EP out called Marianas Trench. Several years later, in 2006, their first full length studio album, Fix Me, was released. This album includes “Shake Tramp” and “Say Anything. Masterpiece Theater, their second album, was released in 2009, and included some of their biggest singles so far, “Celebrity Status” being the top one, and also “Cross My Heart”, and “All To Myself”, two of my personal favorites.
And finally, Ever After was loosed on the world. It started with the music video for their first single, “Haven’t Had Enough” in July of 2011. Then after the release of the album- which has no pauses throughout the album- the video for “Fallout” was released. The strangest part of this album is not the lack of separation between tracks, but the fairytale aspect. It is titled Ever After, and the cover has toys and dolls.
This brings me to really explain the reason why Marianas Trench has so many fans. They have a style that most bands have abandoned- punk-pop rock- but they are also very unique. All members sing in most of the songs, rather than Josh’s (the lead singer) vocals voiced-over. They are all the original members, which is also very rare for a band a decade old.
Enough of me rambling on, I’m sure everyone wants to know Matt’s answers.
Here you are:
1. What is your favorite part of touring?
Matt: Playing shows for SURE. Getting up onstage in front of our crazy fans every night is the most exhilarating feeling in the world. I love my job and not too many people can say that. We are very, very lucky dudes.
2. How different would you say it is, being a Canadian based band, versus starting in the US?
Matt: No different, Marianas Trench fans are the bomb no matter where you go. USA shows are awesome because we have a better opportunity to come out and meet fans every night. But honestly, I have no problem hucking myself into giant swarms of people whenever possible.
3. How did Marianas Trench form?
Matt: Josh was like “Hey, lets start a band”.
4. Josh has a lot of personality, and I can imagine it gets overwhelming. How do you keep up?
Matt: More like EVERYONE has a lot of personality. And those personalities never get overwhelming. We’re family and we love each other very much.
5. Do you play any other instruments?
Matt: Sure, I play piano, trombone, trumpet, little bit of drums, bass, slide whistle, guitar, and I’m currently learning pedal steel.
6. Marianas Trench’s music videos always involve crazy acting and weird scenes. So far, which has been your favorite and why?
Matt: Shooting the video for our new single, Desperate Measures, was a total blast. Why? Skin tight outfits that leave absolutely nothing to the imagination, thats why.
[Interviewers note: said video is not yet released.]
7. Does Josh do all of the song writing?
8. In one word, describe each of your band members, including yourself.
Matt: Josh: guava
[Interviewers note: Guava is a fruit, Rapunzel is the fictional princess, an Ombudsman is like a political intermediary, and Wesley Snipes is Wesley Freaking Snipes.]
9. Why and how did Marianas Trench decide to settle for the style of music you play now?
Matt: Cuz other styles of music can suck it.
[Interviewers note: Amen, Matt.]
10. What would some of your advice to upcoming musicians or bands be?
Matt: Practice and practice, learn your instrument inside and out, and focus HARD on the songwriting. Thats all that matters. Show your music to your friends, family, strangers, whoever, and listen carefully to what they say about it. Play live as much as humanly possible. And try to look at least somewhat cool.
11. If you could redo one thing that you did in your musical career, would you? If so, what would it be?
Matt: I should have drank more beers with Dan Kanter when he played in Shiloh.
12. What is the craziest thing a fan has done to either talk to you or get your attention?
Matt: Uhhh, usually our fans are very respectful, every once in a while someone gives me the heeby jeebys but only when they have that “I’m gonna kill you” look in their eyes. Drinking the blood of your favourite guitar player is NOT kosher.
13. Who does Marianas trench draw inspiration from musically?
Matt: Notorious BIG.
14. If you could trade places with one of your band members for one day, who would it be?
Matt: Ian. I would love to know what goes on inside that mans head.
15. Where did you get your musical background/desire?
Matt: My grandfather taught me to play piano and was definitely my biggest musical influence. I used to stay up late listening to him play, thinking, “I’m gonna be that good when I grow up.” Still got a ways to go, but practice makes perfect!
16. If you had not gone into music, what field would you be working in now?
Matt: Investment Banking
17. What is your favorite part of being in a band, or Marianas Trench specifically?
Matt: Touring! Meeting new people, travelling to new places, rocking to thousands of people every night… I am literally living the dream.
18. What is your least favorite part?
Matt: Being away from my friends and family at home.
19. When did you first realize that Marianas Trench had become famous?
Matt: Good question. We played a show in Winnipeg MB at the Red River EX one summer. There were over 5000 people watching which was a complete shock to us. We had no idea our band could draw that kind of crowd anywhere other than our home town. To make the situation even sweeter, we had thousands more fans than a HUGE band that played the night before. That was cool.
20. Where does Marianas Trench plan on going in their future as a band?
Matt: Can’t say at the moment, our goal is supreme world domination. I want to hear our songs on the radio in Thailand. Honestly, we’ll probably continue to make music for as long as people want to hear it, we’re a bunch of happy dudes and I can’t imagine any of us doing anything else with our lives.
There it is. I had fun listening to them, exploring their history, and interviewing Matt. He’s an awesome person. Hell, all of Marianas Trench are amazing, and so are the people that make their music possible. A special shout out to Paul Orescan for making THIS happen.
XoXo Radium Rollercoaster