Mike Ayley of Marianas Trench – Goonies Never Say Die!

Mike Ayley the bass guitarist of the Canadain pop rock band Marianas Trench called the Monkeys Fighting Robots hotline to talk with Matt Sardo about the band’s SPF 80s tour that kicked off this week and how to survive in a band for 13 years.

Any band that likes ‘The Goonies’ has to be pretty entertaining. Marianas Trench’s latest album Astoria comes from Astoria, Oregon, the hometown of ‘The Goonies.’ The band also has a talent for over-the-top, pop culture referencing music videos.

One part 1980s fantasy adventure film and one part classic Marianas Trench, Astoria “is about completely falling to pieces, and picking yourself back up again,” reflecting on frontman Josh Ramsay’s own personal journey.

It was a little hot in Austin the other night, luckily the band had their poolside attire.

The self-referential nature of ‘Pop 101’ to the band and the music industry is rather brillant.

Marianas Trench has two Certified Platinum albums in Canada, as well as many chart-topping hits, including “Fallout,” “Haven’t Had Enough” and “Stutter.” Ramsay also received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for co-writing and producing Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakthrough smash, “Call Me Maybe.”

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.