Trench to heat up Kamloops

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Mike Ayley, bassist of pop-punk band Marianas Trench, insists it was not named after the geographical Marianas Trench (the deepest part of the world’s ocean).

Rather, he said with a laugh, it was the other way around.

Since playing its first show at The Backstage Lounge in Vancouver about a decade ago, Marianas Trench has won Much Music video awards and, most recently, a 2012 Juno Award nomination for its new album, Ever After.

The band kicked off its Face the Music Tour in Barrie, Ont., on Oct. 12 and will end the tour in Kamloops on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Interior Savings Centre.

The original lineup of Marianas Trench has remained the same since forming in Vancouver with vocalist/guitarist Josh Ramsay, lead-guitarist Matt Webb, bassist Ayley and drummer Ian Casselman.

Ramsay started playing with Webb in a band called Ramsay Fiction and later recruited Casselman and Ayley to become Marianas Trench.

Ayley said once they discovered themselves musically, it was Ramsay’s persistent demo-shopping that eventually led them to be signed to Jonathan Simkin and Chad Kroeger’s label, 604 Records.

The band’s SOCAN Award-winning video that accompanied the  2007 single Shake Tramp is what broke it into the mainstream, Ayley said, and its style has since evolved in a more artistic direction with songs like Haven’t Had Enough and Fallout.

When he is not playing music — which is rare — Ayley finds yoga “balances the rock and roll.”

He is excited to play the last show of the tour in Kamloops, he said, as fans are sure to get a refined performance.

“If you think it’s hot in Kamloops in the summer, it’s going to be hotter November 3.”

The vinyl version of Ever After, which will be available at the show, comes with a digital-download code.

Marianas Trench will be playing with Down with Webster and Anami Vice.

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