Increasingly people are saying the album, as a format, is dead. With Phantoms Marianas Trench prove – once again and unequivocally – that the reports of its death are greatly exaggerated.


“I think we’re going to see more artists releasing singles and not really doing albums anymore,” says Marianas Trench’s Josh Ramsay, “but that doesn’t really inspire me.”


What inspires Ramsay is creating a self-contained universe for the band’s songs to exist in. On their fifth album, Phantoms (604 Records), it’s a space possessed by the spirit of a lingering, unforgettable loss. “I was basically thinking about someone falling into madness while living in a house haunted by the ghost of a former love. As dark as that sounds, for me that also means a rebirth,” Ramsay says. “And that comes from a healthy place.”


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