Marianas Trench On Their Biggest MMVA Stunts
Will they reach Much HQ by helicopter? Or maybe ride a zipline that stretches from the red carpet to the CN Tower?
Not this year. Marianas Trench says those two requests were already vetoed by management.
But if you really wanted to know how Marianas Trench is going to storm the MMVAs Sunday, June 17, as if theyâd spill the secret.
Still, the Vancouver bandâs Mike Ayley says he and bandmates Josh Ramsay, Matt Webb and Ian Casselman have been plotting an âEXTREMELY coolâ appearance for months, long before Much shocked them with seven nods -- more than Drake, more than Bieber, more than any other artist.
Their top contender status is unprecedented for the band -- âI canât really figure it out,â Ayley says -- and theyâll perform their single âFalloutâ on the show. (The nominated song appears on last fallâs fairy-tale concept album, Ever After -- a toy box of Top 40 sounds ranging from their usual pop-punk to electro and R&B. A Canadian tour in support of the effort is on deck for âOctober-ish,â says Ayley.)
But Marianas Trench are MMVA vets. 2012 will mark their fifth trip to the show -- and fifth trip down the red carpet.
âOh, weâre always thinking about that,â he says. âUsually February, March, we ask what are we going to do for the MMVAs this year?"
So far, Marinas Trench has fought ninjas, spoofed Gaga -- and even risked their own lives -- on live TV. They never go in with a Plan B, says Ayley, but they do follow these rules: âIt just has to be a little bit unexpected,â he says. âIt has to be fun for us, and it has to be something the people watching will be as entertained by as we are doing it.â
Have their past stunts merited something even more precious than an MMVA trophy? Ayley walks us through Marianas Trenchâs red-carpet history:
2007 â Marianas Trench Make the MMVAs a Sandwich
âWell, there was more to that one than the sandwich,â says Ayley of the ginormous hoagie they fed to squealing fans gathered outside the show. The original plan? They were going arrive with the sandwich by bike.
Just one tandem bike -- with four dudes riding it.
âWe didnât realize what we were getting into,â says Ayley. âWe started practicing [riding] it that day, and itâs REALLY HARD to ride a tandem bike with four people on it. So we were trying and trying and then all of a sudden -- maybe the fourth or fifth time -- the back wheel just when âWHOMPâ and warped into a semicircle from the weight -- because three of us were on the back wheel, essentially. So we just had to go in with the sandwich. But it was still fun, cause we still got to give away free food -- that some people might have got sick by because we kept it out for too long,â says Ayley.
âI donât know that it actually taught us anything,â he says of the last-minute change-up. âBecause every time that weâve gone in and done stuff weâre like, âI donât know if this is even going to work!â â¦ But it doesnât matter, man. We just make the most of it and the crowd makes it for us, man. The RUSH when youâre coming onto the carpet is intense, itâs so loud. â
2008 - Sorry, Trenchers. The band didnât play that year. âWe were in the studio,â says Ayley.
2009 â Marianas Trench Throw Themselves a Parade
âWe were trying to recreate the 'Cross My Heart' video, but make it over the top. We got an amazing -- I think it was Western Universityâs -- marching band,â says Ayley. âWe just called in a bunch of favours and they were the university that was willing to help us out the most.â
The cheerleaders really stole the show, as Ayley remembers. âThey were FLYING into the air -- with concrete, with the road below them, so I was a little nervous. â¦ It was just honouring the video, âcause it was nominated for four MMVAs. So we figured weâd come in that style.â
2010 â Marianas Trench Hot Tubs, Fights Ninjas
âI donât know why we combined [those ideas] -- because it doesnât really make sense -- but the idea of rolling in in a hot tub, but in a shirt and tie, soaking wet -- we thought that was hilarious, âcause itâs so stupid,â he says. âBut people donât know: that water was NOT hot. It was very cold. So we were freezing our asses off," says Ayley. âBut it was fun. Thatâs probably my favourite one.â
2010 â Marianas Trench Try On Lady Gagaâs Fire-Breathing Bra While Performing âCelebrity Statusâ
âWe were supposed to get the actual bra made by the same guy,â reveals Ayley, referring to the pyrotechnic lingerie Gaga debuted at the 2009 MMVAs. âBut then he didnât do it. Iâm not sure why. â¦ So we were like âScrew it, weâll just make a joke version, like a tinfoil version. So a friend put it together and then, in rehearsal -- thereâs only about 10 seconds of the song where you can get the bra on and get those sparklers lit -- it didnât work. So MuchMusic was like âIxnay the bra, donât do it if it doesnât work, we donât want it on air.ââ
Marianas Trench, however, wasnât going to give up on a good gag. âWe just did it anyway. And because it worked, nobody got in real trouble. But it coulda been interesting.â
2011 â Marianas Trench âRollâ the Red Carpet in Hamster Balls
âWhat we really wanted to do was get one giant one with all four of us in it,â says Ayley, though apparently that would have required a 16-foot tall model -- which is too big for the nationâs biggest block party. (In case youâre interested in buying one, Ayley says you can order them from a company in China.)
âWe originally had four and we were all going to go in individual ones, but MuchMusic didnât want that many on the carpet,â he says. So the guys split up, two per sphere, for a âballsyâ entrance.
âBut the funny thing about the ball is thereâs like a safety manual and it says âthe amount of air inside the ball is approximately 20 minutesâ worth.â And the problem is, when you zip it up and Velcro it, that zipper is on the outside of the ball -- so if youâre panicking, you canât get out unless you bring a knife or something.â
None of them packed a knife.
âI looked to this guy, whoâs my best friend in the world, I trust him with my life, and I said, âYou keep a close eye on us. If you see me reach for my throat and make a choking gesture, I donât care whatâs going on with interviews or whatever, you come and get us out of this thing in a hurry,ââ says Ayley.
âWe were VERY light-headed when we got out,â he says. âIt took about five minutes to sort of get back to normal, but I didnât realize it when we were in there,â he says. âStill, it was all fun.â
The MuchMusic Video Awards air Sunday, June 17 on MuchMusic. The red carpet special â which promises to feature Marianas Trench doing something âEXTREMELY coolâ â starts at 8 p.m. ET.
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