Josh Ramsay started a solo career at the age of 14 and needed a supporting band during touring. He could not do it himself so he started to search for some band mates. He managed to recruit high school friend Matt Webb and local musicians Morgan Hempsted and Steve Marshall. The band worked out so well that they decided to form a band named Ramsay Fiction.
During high school, Ramsay struggled with bulimia and an addiction to heroine. His parents gave him the ultimatum to go into a rehabilitation center or move out of the house. Ramsay chose rehab and successfully recovered. Ramsay Fiction ended, and Ramsay and Webb began their search for new bandmates.
Ramsay found drummer Ian Casselman's wanted ad hung up in a store, and after calling and hearing Casselman's Mandarin-to-English translated voicemail, Ramsay knew he found a drummer. Through Casselman they found Mike Ayley as bassist. The band changed the name to Marianas Trench. In 2006 they were signed under 604 Records, one of the owners being Chad Kroeger, the lead singer from Nickelback.
The band presented an award during the 2007 MMVA's. They made an appearance on the TV show Kyle XY and their song "Alibis" from their debut album Fix Me, was put on the soundtrack. Shake Tramp peaked on #1 on the Much Music Countdown, iTunes Canada Digital Download and was later nominated for Video of the decade at the Juno Awards.