Canadian legends Marianas Trench are about to embark on their SPF80S tour, taking in the US, Canada, and Europe, to promote their new album, ‘Astoria’. Their drummer, Ian Casselman took some time out to answer our questions.
EP: At EP we primarily know you from your crazy appearances on the red carpet at the MMVAs when we’ve been watching out for Jedward – loved your mermaid costumes the other year! So what’s the Marianas Trench story?
MT: Well you see the story is we are all actually mermen and that was our true selves on the mmva carpet that year. We wanted to visit your land and expose ourselves to your world so that we can learn more about you wonderful humans. We drank a magic potion that allowed us to grow legs and now we shall tour our lovely planet, above ground that is.
MT: We actually got the name Astoria from the movie The Goonies, one of our favourite movies of all time. I would say our style is rock and roll infused with vocals and harmonies. We kind of like to sprinkle paprika on everything.
MT: Our shows kind of differ from country to country. In Canada, we’re very fortunate to be able to play in arenas. And when you play in front of a lot of people, you can bring in a lot of production, flying contraptions and what not. When we are in the US, we play in smaller clubs anywhere between 500 and 2000, and we try and jam pack it with as many lights as possible. Hopefully when we tour Europe for the first time, we’ll be able to do the same as in the US and blind everybody with all these lights so then we can cover up our not so good looks.
MT: We’ve done these long tours for a while now so preparing for them is kind of easy. I’ve given up on packing enough underwear and socks so I just make sure I have enough to make it til laundry day. I usually forget something so it’s wonderful to have this thing called a credit card, they come in very handy. It is hard being away from friends and family yes, part of the deal of being a touring band. We miss our water buddies.
MT: We honestly try to listen to everything and keep an open mind when it comes to music, you really never know who you can learn from. We try to never be put into a box or stuck in one style and just try and really keep our options open.