Interview with Mark Tremonti

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Interview : Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge, September 2013

Getting access to a band is always much easier when a new album is ready for release, and getting the opportunity to speak with Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti is no exception. This guy is busy - with two huge bands that he actively records and tours with in addition to coming off a year that saw the release of his first solo album and following tour and we are grateful he took the time to speak to us about the new Alter Bridge disc Fortress.

Toddstar: Mark?

Mark: Hey, how’re you doing?

Toddstar: Great Mark, yourself?

Mark: Good.

Toddstar: Good, good. Well, I wanna thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule; we really appreciate you taking time out for us today, we know you’re a busy man right now.

Mark: Well thank you very much.

Toddstar: Plus I always like to talk to a fellow Detroiter.

Mark: There you go [laughs].

Toddstar: Well, let’s jump into it: Fortress. This things about a month out from release, and I’ve been lucky enough to listen to it. But let’s start off with the fans that are gonna get their chance to listen to this, when they finally get their fingers on it and they go all the way through, what are some of the things about the album that you can tell us, that the listener might not get the first or second time through?

Mark: I think there’s just so much information on the record that it’s hard to digest the whole thing in one listen. It’s not as straightforward as some of the stuff we’ve done in the past, it’s a bit more experimental, with the arrangement of ideas, the rhythmic patterns and we just tried to mix it up a bit, so people won’t be able to digest it is as quickly as the last few albums.

Toddstar: You mentioned the experimentation, even you’re opening with “The Cry of Achilles,” isn’t your typical Alter Bridge sound. When you’re looking for an album kick off, it kind struck me as a ‘Wow they’re really branching out a bit,’ but staying true to the Alter Bridge feel. Is that something you guys really went into, with a real eye on ‘let’s change it up, but make sure we touch on what is expected.’?

Mark: Yeah, we didn’t necessarily want to touch on what’s expected, but we as song writers feel that melody is the most important thing to any song and that’s kind of our core in our song writing, and that will always be there. We wanna take that and push our boundaries as far as we can, throw some progressive elements in there, and like I said, make these songs unpredictable and exciting.

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