Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti, formerly of Creed) recently sat down with Metal Wani’s Carl O’Rourke to talk about his upcoming concept record ‘A Dying Machine’, his first novel and what fans can expect from his upcoming Tremonti tour, and more.
On whether there is ever any trepidation when he breaks away from Alter Bridge to make a Tremonti record, Mark said:
“Um, I mean I think the only thing is that, it’s uh, it’s very personal, you know? When you have your name on a band you’re doin’, you know all the, all the writing and what not. With Alter Bridge, you know, me and Myles [Kennedy] share the writing and we, you know we, it’s much, much more of a team writing thing but when you do the thing with your namesake it’s much more personal, you know, things you know, it’s hard to put your wall up when you do that so it’s, that’s the only thing that’s different really.”
Accompanying ‘A Dying Machine’ is a novel directly linked to the concept record. Mark shared some insight as to how a book was born from making a Tremonti record.
“So I first wrote the song A Dying Machine and as I was writing that song, I spent a lot of time on putting that one together and creating the story within that song, and didn’t really have intentions of going beyond that song. But then after I finished it, I loved the story it told and it was hard for me to just jump out to another song without feeling like I wanted to continue. So the next song I wrote, I was like you know why don’t I just kind of see where this story could go and I told the story within the album, and when I got toward finishing the writing the album part, I was like, you know I’d like to, I’d like people to know what this story is actually about. You know, in more detail so, at first I was like maybe I’ll do an explanation within the lyric book of a short story of it. But then I was like maybe I’ll do a comic or maybe I’ll do a graphic novel and I was like you know what? I’ve got this bucket list where I’ve always wanted to get a book published and this would be the perfect time to go for it and um, and to this second right before interviews today I’m working around the clock to try to get it done in a timely manner so it’s done around the time of the release.”
Asked if making a concept record was the initial intent when he began writing for A Dying Machine,
“Yeah, I’ve never in my entire career, ever wanted to do a concept record or ever thought it was something that I could wrap my head around. I never, it was never something that was on my radar. You know, I’ve bee a songwriter since I was eleven trying to tinker around writing tunes and uh, it was never something that I wanted to do but, the only record I can really remember owning that were concept records were my King Diamond albums you know, and it just, it wasn’t something where, where I ever sought out to do it. I just wrote the song A Dying Machine and it fell on my lap. I was like, I really love how I feel in the moment of this song and this story and I don’t wanna lose that. I wanna continue it I wanna, you know maybe it could be three or four songs that could have that theme abd the rest is different. But then I got so far deep into it i was like you know what, if we’re gonna do this let’s do it the whole way and I finished writing, you know even the songs that were written before A Dying Machine that went on this album I had to retrofit the lyrics to make them fit as closely as possible to the, to the story-line and you know, by then, by the end I was like you know I was like I gotta do this in long form and tell the whole story with the novel.”
On what can be expected from the band on the upcoming Tremonti tour, Mark graciously added,
“You know, just four guys that absolutely love what they do and you know, we’re excited to come out and support Iron maiden over there so we’re, you know – [laughs], we’re a little band with a little backdrop and a back-line playing with Iron Maiden! So we gotta do our, we gotta do our best to [laughs] to entertain, ’cause we don’t have anything but our instruments up there.”