Being a parent is never an easy thing. Being a teenage dad, I would say, from my own experience, is harder. It is with much respect that, unfortunately, came a bit later for me, where I came to understand how what my dad and mom taught me and parented me has affected what type of parent I've become.
I remember when I started listening to music that wasn't my parents’, and what I viewed as a skeptical eye watching over me, though I didn’t know that it was my parents just trying to figure out who I was and, more importantly, who I was becoming. It is with that same sense of wonder that I wound up interviewing Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench. My daughter, Lindon, is 14 years old, and in the last few years, she's started to become just as big of a music junkie as her dad. Lindon, whether she may want to admit it or not, is obsessed with Canadian pop-rock band Marianas Trench. And with that same skeptical or curious eye my parents had when I started listening to Metallica almost religiously, I'm curious as to why there is that hint of obsession or just over-zealous curiosity and fascination she has with the band, and in particular, it's singer/songwriter Josh Ramsay.
Marianas Trench play Salt Lake City on May 25 with openers Air Dubai and Protector at the Complex. Unfortunately for Lindon, she's in Arizona still in school and won't be able to get to see her current,favorite band. So when the chance happened that I could interview her favorite artist and maybe give her a little chat with Josh Ramsay, there was no question that I'd take that opportunity—actually, I made sure that opportunity happened for her just so I could maybe get some sense of why she's so into something I don't get.
If you're tired of hearing Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe,” you can in part blame Josh Ramsay—he co-wrote the song. Listening to Marianas Trench as much as I have to figure out my kiddo hasn't really answered many questions for me—I still don't get it, even though I will argue that the band has chops that break out of the one-hit-wonder status and leave a lot of room for fans to jive on just more than one album track or a single. Lindon is growing up, and every day that goes by, she has more options to make her own decisions. I still don't fully get why she likes the music she likes, but she's her own person and has her own views just like me—because I'm pretty certain she has no idea why I listen to 99 percent of what I listen too. The certain fact is that Lindon sticks to her guns, doesn't hide her opinions from anyone, and will argue what she loves (without saying that stubbornness is a quality to love in a teenage daughter). I couldn't be more proud of her and how she's growing up. So while I wanted to figure out her favorite band, I equally wanted to be the cool dad and talk to her favorite band—and give her the chance to talk to them, which despite my efforts and hers to get the two on the phone together, Ramsay left her a voicemail message, and I think that was just as cool for her, judging by her excitement when I talked to her after she got said voicemail from Ramsay.
In addition to trying to figure Marianas Trench out—let alone pop music—I talked to Josh Ramsay about his experience growing up and what influenced his musical career.
Josh Ramsay: It's awesome—it's not the first time we've toured the US. We have toured here a few times—we did a tour with Simple Plan. This is also the second time we've worked with the Journey's Store. We did a series of their backyard barbeque shows last summer, and it went so well, they asked us to come back this year. It's great. I think this is the probably the fourth time we've come, but it's the first time we've toured the US with a major label behind us—that's really the thing that's changing for us, and we're really excited about it.