Marianas Trench‘s released their 5th album Astoria on October 23rd. The album’s artwork has a theme that mirrors the 80’s movie ‘The Goonies” and is infused with 80’s pop sounds. Although the album has many upbeat songs the lyrics tell a much more emotional story. This is the first album that lead singer Josh Ramsay had an emotional rollercoaster in his personal life. From the massive success of the Call Me Maybe ( he co-wrote it for Carly Rae Jepsen) to his wedding being called off, it was a difficult album for him to write.
The Day is finally here! How does it feel to finally have the album out for fans to listen to?
Josh Ramsay [JR] For me I’m really proud creatively and it’s a great weight off my shoulders and I feel relieved. For a while when I was having trouble writing it seemed like this unclimbable mountain to get it done. Then in the end it ended up being our best one so i’m very relieved and very proud.
Mike Ayley: Having it finished is definitely a sort of relief but exciting because we have the rest of the stuff we need to do the rest of what we need to do. We needed the album to go on tour and it feels good to have it and be able to hold it in your hands.
Matt Webb: It feels good to have the album done and I’m excited to go on tour and play new material. We play a lot of the same songs so it’s exciting to be able to go out there and play the new material.
You have two singles out and the reaction has been crazy. Great feedback from new and old fans but a few extreme reactions from fans, including tatoos about the new music…
JR- Oh my god! The tattooing thing, cool but the other day I did see on twitter that somebody tattooed one of the lyrics on them and it was incorrect. I didn’t have the heart to tell them but, yikes!
The Way you recorded Astoria was quite different that your previous albums. You recorded it in Josh’s apartment. It was a big project in a small space how did that change the recording process for you? What was that experience like ?
Ian Casselman: It was a lot of fun! It was a live/work environment. It was very creative and a very warm environment. You were excited to go to the studio to work, it wasn’t even like work. Everyday you were super energized and thought ‘what are we going to do today?’, ‘what are we going to create?’. Creating the sounds and investigating the 80’s sound was fun because you would try to mimic the sound you heard.
JR: I was quite a fan! There was one spot in the beginning of the album where we wanted to do electric drums and to have Ian doing drums on my couch was pretty sweet!