Soundwave Festival Interview: Alter Bridge

Soundwave Festival Interview: Alter Bridge

By Jeremy Vane-Tempest

Rock ‘n’ roll will never die, and ALTER BRIDGE live by that motto. With new LP ‘Fortress’ due for release very soon, we caught up with Brian Marshall to chat about Soundwave, SLASH and whether or not bass guitarists actually do anything.

First things first, though. ‘Fortress’ is due to be released very soon and Brian sounds stoked. “We’re very excited man”, he drawls in his glorious Floridian accent. “Really starting to get stoked about the shows coming up, I’ve been itching to get back on the road for some time, now. ALTER BRIDGE hasn’t played together in front of an audience together in over a year, so I’ve been at home studying up on the material, especially the new stuff ‘cause it’s so fresh. There’s a really good buzz going around, I can’t wait to get back on the road.”

We asked if Brian had approached the record differently to how he had in the past, and his dry wit cut through the phone line like a knife.

“Uh, dude, I’m a bass player.”

Oh, right. Once he’d stopped laughing, he managed to elaborate slightly. “We didn’t approach it with any pretence. We just used any and all time as we could, because Myles is out with SLASH so much. It can be difficult to get him in the same room with all of us. We’d get some time and hole up together and piece it together, but we didn’t really think about it too much. We just experimented with different sounds, different composition. We didn’t try to stick to a particular order or style, nothing like that. We just let things happen, and we’re really happy with the result.”

Moving right along, ALTER BRIDGE has just been announced on the huge Soundwave 2014 line-up and Marshall is stoked. “We’re excited to get back to Australia, ‘cause you guys love your rock ‘n’ roll, man! Every time we’ve been there, even back in the CREED days, every time we were over there was always a good turnout, good vibe, great fan base. Why wouldn’t we come back as much as possible?” he laughs. “It’s an awesome place to tour.”

Soundwave Festival dates
Saturday 22nd February – Brisbane
Sunday 23rd February – Sydney
Friday 28th February – Melbourne
Saturday 1st March – Adelaide
Monday 3rd March – Perth

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