Exclusive Interview: Marianas Trench Talk '80s Attire, Sting, And 'The Goonies'
+ the best piece of merch on their SPF '80s tour!INTERVIEW
Four years after their last album, Canadian pop-punk band Marianas Trench have come back with a vengeance on, Astoria. The '80s inspired-record, and fourth by the "One Love" band has a distinctly vintage feel that never comes across as dated. Onstage, the rockers embody the fun vibes of the album with '80s attire and an infectious attitude. Lucky for you, the band—Josh Ramsay, Mike Ayley, Matt Webb, and Ian Casselman—recently kicked off their new summer-themed SPF '80s tour.
We caught up with Webb (guitarist) to learn more about this amazing tour concept. We also had the chance to uncover what summer snack the band considers vital, which band member would be which Goonie, and their must-have piece of merch on the road this year. Check out the full interview below then Track the band to see when they're coming to your city for a live show! (We can't tell you to bring pool floaties into the venue to crowdsurf on, but it would be cool if you could.)
Lime margaritas. We are prepared to make lime margaritas at any time. Salt + lime + tequila + triple sec + cane syrup + lime juice = 5 p.m.
Dress up in our favourite '80s attire, obvs. Tight ripped jeans, plenty of abs, perhaps a little eyeliner, and a keytar…to channel that inner Van Halen.
Sloth is obviously Ian, Data is Josh, Matt is Chunk, and Mike is Mama Fratelli.
Well, a fan once gave me a framed watercolour picture of myself that we FedEx back and forth to each other every Christmas. There is nothing better than excitedly waiting in line at the post office for an hour on December 24 for a package from an unknown sender, only to discover that it is a painting of me (Matt).
Huey Lewis Sports, The 1975 (last two albums), and whatever that new Rihanna and Calvin Harris track is called ("This Is What You Came For"?)…Mike and I had a HUGE dance party to that on the bus a couple of days ago.
Probably just stretching the glutes.
Believe it or not, we made f*cking Yo-Yo’s for this tour. They are bad*ss.
I would get on stage with Sting and rock the first 41 seconds of "Synchronicity II", which also happens to be my ringtone.
Tough question, we’ve played so many incredible summer festivals over the years… I like to hi-jack festival golf carts or ATV’s whenever possible, cruise the scene…although last year I almost killed several members of our crew and a certain Marianas Trench drummer…who knew it was in reverse?
Oh man, we had a hell of a time in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago, perhaps there? Or Varadero Cuba? Or English Bay Vancouver? Maui? Or the shores of Lake Okanagan, Penticton, BC? F*ck it, you give us a stage on a beach and we’ll rock it, anytime, anywhere.2176Marianas Trench