Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti gave an interview to Breaking Absolutes and reflected on how he feels about Alter Bridge’s previous studio albums.
Before Alter Bridge, Mark Tremonti achieved commercial success with Creed starting from their debut album named ‘My Own Prison,’ released in 1997. They released four studio albums, but in 2004, Creed announced its disbandment due to the tensions among the band members. They later reunited in 2009 and released a few singles and tours, but they have been on hiatus since 2012.
After Creed’s disbandment in 2004, Tremonti formed Alter Bridge, and they have released six studio albums up to this day. In the conversation, Mark Tremonti referred to Creed’s successful musical journey and the challenges he faced after forming Alter Bridge. Tremonti revealed that he felt the pressure, and he was aware of the high expectations.
Then Tremonti looked closely at the albums Alter Bridge has released since 2004 and commented on each one. According to him, their debut album, ‘One Day Remains,’ helped them survive. However, the second album, ‘Blackbird,’ released in 2007, is their best album so far.
He said that if it weren’t successful, they might not have had a future within the music industry. Thus, it can be said that ‘Blackbird’ was Alter Bridge’s lifesaver. Tremonti concluded by saying that he now feels much more comfortable because he knows they have a loyal and dedicated fanbase.
When asked about the pressure, Tremonto replied by saying:
“I think at first, there was a lot of pressure. You put out your first single, and it starts doing well, and then you hear the industry say you’re a one-hit-wonder.
And then you come out with your second single, and it does well, and then your first record’s over, they say, ‘Alright, you’re going have the sophomore slump on your second record,’ and then the second record comes out and it does well.
People were doubting us the whole way, and towards the end, people just straight-up wanted us to fail.
We had a lot of people on our side in the first couple of records, but by the third record, it seemed like a lot of folks were, I think, tired of hearing us on the radio.
We were everywhere at one point, and we just started getting some backlash from it, so the freeing-up thing, feeling like, ‘Alright, now I’m free to do my thing,’ I don’t think that happened for me until the ‘AB III’ record.”
Then he continued:
“I still think on ‘One Day Remains’ I was in survival mode, 100%. ‘Blackbird,’ when we were writing and recording ‘Blackbird,’ we had no manager, we had no record label, we were on our own.
We were pretty much at the bottom, we didn’t know if we had a future, and I think the ‘Blackbird’ record is the best record we ever did.
After ‘Blackbird,’ after we kinda had the success of that record and started doing ‘AB III,’ I started noticing, or just thinking to myself, ‘I think we’re at the point now with our fanbase, it’s so loyal, as long as we keep putting out stuff that we’ve worked very hard on,’ that we always will, ‘our fanbase is always going to be there for us’.
When I was younger, I thought by the time you turn 27, you’re going to have to retire, but I think our fanbase has grown with us, and I feel pretty confident that they’ll be with us until we want to hang it up.”
You can watch the full interview below.