Mark Tremonti Talks Solo Album, Playing Wembley Arena with Alter Bridge, Creed and More
Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:52:17
Mark Tremonti is truly a rarity.
Not only can he shred with the best of them, but he can write a hell of a song as well. His latest offering with Alter Bridge, AB III, boasts some truly magnificent fretwork. Songs like "Words Darker Than Wings" become journeys in and of themselves driven by Tremonti's intricate and infectious riffing and elegant soloing. Hot off a mega-successful European arena tour with Alter Bridge, Tremonti is in the midst of finishing up his first proper solo album and writing for Creed's next epic. He still continues to push the envelope for himself and hard rock as a whole too.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief and Dolor author Rick Florino, Alter Bridge and Creed six-string maestro Mark Tremonti talks his solo record, playing Wembley Arena, and so much more.
Do you assume a different guitar persona for Creed, Alter Bridge, and your solo material?
Alter Bridge is definitely more progressive. That has a lot to do with the time in our lives that it happened. If we played the way we do now back in the early Creed days, you'd hear a much different Creed. I'm glad we were inexperienced when we wrote those songs or they wouldn't sound the way we do.
How is the solo record coming along?
I'm going off to the NAMM convention. When I get home, I'll hopefully get into the studio to finalize all of the tracking. I've done all my parts; I just have to go make sure what I hear back is exactly what needs to be there. I may rewrite a chorus or verse I have to re-sing. Other than that, my tracking is done. We have to get Eric, the other guitarist and backing vocalist, to do all of his vocals. In February, we mix for a couple of weeks, try to get it mastered, and hopefully out in March or April. I'm singing all of the stuff. Hopefully it turns out alright [Laughs].
What's the direction of the album?
It's a dynamic record. It's probably heavier than either Creed or Alter Bridge, but it's still melody-driven. Most of the stuff is more up-tempo and heavy-riffing though. I had to write eleven solos for this record so it took me a long time. There's lots of soloing.
What was your experience playing Wembley Arena with Alter Bridge like?
It was amazing! That was our first headlining arena tour with Alter Bridge. That was a big achievement for us. It was a massive stepping stone. When Creed ended and we had to start over and play the small, dirty clubs, we'd be playing for 300 people traveling all over the world. Going from arenas to tiny clubs was fun but after a while you miss so many people knowing your band. When we hit those arenas those years, it was kind of a relief. We worked really hard and we finally got there. We're proud of it.
Do you approach the guitar with the idea of telling stories? A song like "Words Darker Than Their Wings" has lyrical guitar.
Yeah, I really like to set moods with the music. If you took away the vocals, I'd like for it to be able to stand on its own and tell a story musically, like you said. I'd like to create a feel that could be put in that final scene of a movie. There's a theatrical feeling at heart.
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