Mark Tremonti Solo Project

Updated March 30, 2012

Fact Sheet | What We Know | News Updates


Fact Sheet

Title: All I Was

Track listing:
1. Leave It Alone - preview
2. So You're Afraid - preview
3. Wish You Well - preview
4. Brains - preview
5. The Things I've Seen - preview
6. You Waste Your Time - full song
7. New Way Out - preview
8. Giving Up - preview
9. Proof - preview
10. All I Was - preview
11. Doesn't Matter - preview
12. Decay - preview
Website: www.tremontiproject.com

Lineup:
Mark Tremonti – Vocals, lead guitar
Eric Friedman – Backing vocals, guitar, bass
Garrett Whitlock – Drums

Rease date: July 17, 2012 (preorder)

Producer: Michael “Elvis” Baskette

Musical style: Melody-driven hard rock with speed metal influence


What We Know

Since early 2010, Mark slowly began to express in interviews his intention to release a solo record with longtime friend Eric Friedman.  Later in the year he also mentioned including Garrett Whitlock on drums.  As Mark’s references to this potential project became increasingly frequent, speculation continued to grow, and in December Eric Friedman confirmed that the project would begin in early 2011.

Mark met Eric at a guitar trade show many years ago, describing him as a “prodigy” who was already endorsed by Fender at age 16, and was impressed by his abilities.  Eric was “the little brother Mark never had,” and they became friends.  Mark later introduced Eric to his friends at Submersed, including Garrett Whitlock on drums, and Eric was soon inducted into the band.  Submersed toured extensively as the opener for Alter Bridge, but later disbanded.  In 2009 and 2010 Mark brought Eric out on the Creed reunion and 20-10 tours, and the pair solidified their plans to work together on Mark’s solo project.

Regarding Alter Bridge and Creed, Mark said, “the bands are so different, and I write so much.  I'm going to do a solo record because there are some songs that I'd hate to think wouldn't see the light of day because they don't work for Creed or Alter Bridge.”  Mark describes the material as hard rock containing much of Mark’s speed metal influence, but still retaining the core of a strong melody.  He will be writing all of the lyrics and singing lead vocals, and will split the bass guitar duties with Eric.

In The Alter Bridge Nation’s interview of Mark in May, he revealed three song names off of the album, including “Proof”, “Decay”, and “Gone”.  He noted that the songs names have not been finalized, so the working titles are subject to change.  He also described his plans to release the album in January, 2012, releasing a couple songs at a time before the full album is released. In Alter Bridge's July Webisode, titled "Downtime", Mark revealed that the album would be released by Fret12.

Throughout the remainder of 2011, Mark continued to drop hints about the album in interviews, and his team provided regular updates via their Twitter pages. He described that his solo record will see an unconventional release via Fret 12, whereby two songs will be released digitally every month, before the full album drops later in the year. The release will also be accompanied by guitar tablature, fully transcribed by Mark for maximum accuracy. The album will contain 11 guitar solos, and the band will be called "Tremonti".

On January 20, 2012, Mark tweeted a link to a brand new website dedicated to the solo project: www.tremontiproject.com. The website revealed the working song titles listed in the fact sheet above, and allows visitors to sign up for a Tremonti solo project mailing list. The album has been fully tracked and mixed, and will be mastered shortly.


News Updates

News will be posted here as it is revealed, with the newest updates at the top.

January 20,2012

Mark Tremonti
Love and appreciate the support rolling in for #TremontiProject. Thank you all for spreading the word!
Mark Tremonti
@TremontiMichael Anybody interested in @MarkTremonti's solo project needs to go to http://www.tremontiproject.com/ #TremontiProject
Eric Friedman
@TremontiMichael Anybody interested in @MarkTremonti's solo project needs to go to http://www.tremontiproject.com/ #TremontiProject

January 18, 2012

In an interview for Artist Direct, Mark provided an update on the progress of the solo album:

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.

January 17, 2012

Mark Tremonti
@honestly73 It's called Tremonti and will be available through Fret12.com. Thanks!

(This Tweet refers to a question about what Mark's solo band would be called.)

January 12, 2012

Mark Tremonti
@PixxiMozzStarr Just as soon as we get it done, my guess would be March. There will be updates on Fret12.com. Thanks
Mark Tremonti
@DarylChapmanBLS Should be done next month and released March or April.
Mark Tremonti
@brendanfontaine Probably about a month on the fret 12 website.

January 3, 2012

Mark Tremonti
Creed writing resumes the 6-14th, then the NAMM convention the 19-22, and finally completing the solo record starting on the 24th!

(Tracking was previously completed in October, but during the fall Alter bridge tour of Europe Mark decided he was unhappy with some of his tracks, and wanted to do a few re-records.)

October 6, 2011

Mark Tremonti
Bill thanks to @IIEROCKII, @GWDrums, @ELVISLIBERACE and @1f_jef!! Tracking has been a blast, you guys rule!

October 5, 2011

Mark Tremonti
Last day of vocal tracking for the solo record. Almost finished!

October 3, 2011

Eric Friedman
Mark Tremonti in between vocal takes
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/308432_228249560565983_118173698240237_638074_2012801879_n.jpg

October 1, 2011

Mark Tremonti
Tracked 4 solos today, good fun!

September 30, 2011

Michael Baskette
Two blazing solo's down with the amazing and talented @MarkTremonti and two more to go until this day is done!
Eric Friedman
No pressure..haha
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/299833_226989700691969_118173698240237_632694_964900019_n.jpg

Eric Friedman
This amp doesn't suck
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/304704_226966627360943_118173698240237_632651_773167027_n.jpg

Eric Friedman
Mark Tremonti in action
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/299464_226933634030909_118173698240237_632590_576027896_n.jpg

September 28, 2011

Eric Friedman
Here is an "over the shoulder" view on life of our engineer Mr @1f_jef
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/291712_226105810780358_118173698240237_629576_437975782_n.jpg

Eric Friedman
Mr Mark Tremonti in deep thought about a vocal.. Hmmmm..... http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/308209_226103757447230_118173698240237_629560_1357159678_n.jpg

Eric Friedman
Another studio pic..@ELVISLIBERACE takin notes while @MarkTremonti is tracking some freaking awesome vocals!
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/302906_226100627447543_118173698240237_629555_1757867542_n.jpg

September 26, 2011

Eric Friedman
Here's a room shot of what's going on in the control room at Marks..They're filming me while tweeting haha ..boorings!
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/307923_226059044118368_118173698240237_629468_139032569_n.jpg

Michael Baskette
Deep in recording some incredible vocals with @MarkTremonti @IIEROCKII & @1f_jef ! 8 vocals done thus far!!!

September 24, 2011

Eric Friedman
Just went through a few TREMONTI jams and refined some of my guitar parts..ready to rock!

September 22, 2011

Eric Friedman
Florida bound again..can't wait to finish the Tremonti record! I've got some guitars & backing vox to do..Marks got lead vox & solos to do..

September 14, 2011

Mark Tremonti
Writing tablature for the solo record. When the record comes out it will be available and very accurate.
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/319021_10150324828254521_30374294520_7842471_850420130_n.jpg

August 7, 2011

Mark Tremonti
http://img.ly/75HI @IIEROCKIIM and @1f_jef hard at work on bass tracking.

Eric Friedman
I'm tracking some Bass today for the TREMONTI record. Stoked!!

August 6, 2011

Michael Baskette
@MarkTremonti is killing it on these vocals!! On our second one today and it's sounds wicked good!!!!!! @IIEROCKII @1f_jef
Michael Baskette
Tremonti tracking vocals on the new solo record.

Michael Baskette
Testing @MarkTremonti vocal mic with @IIEROCKII and @1f_jef http://lockerz.com/s/127226225

Eric Friedman
SHURE SM7 RT @attitude9416 @IIEROCKII what mic is Mark using for his vocals on the solo record?
Eric Friedman
YOU MORE THAN GOT THIS!! RT @MarkTremonti Starting vocals today on the solo record! It's my first time, should be fun.
Mark Tremonti
@brianamarshall Gracias BMarsh!
Brian Marshall
@MarkTremonti good luck man. Kill it!
Mark Tremonti
@GWDrums Thanks Holmes!
Garrett Whitlock
@MarkTremonti kick some ass homie!
Mark Tremonti
Starting vocals today on the solo record! It's my first time, should be fun.
Eric Friedman
Great past few days in the studio with the guys...can't wait to do it all over again today! TREMONTI record is sounding SIIIIIIICKKK!!

August 5, 2011

Mark Tremonti
Just finished recording guitars with @ELVISLIBERACE and @1f_jef for the solo record. @IIEROCKII is up next!
Eric Friedman
Tremonti is trackin some gui'tars
Mark Tremonti
@josh_enas @IIEROCKII That was my baritone. Plays awesome!

August 4, 2011

Eric Friedman
The comment "Save it for your solo record" doesn't apply while recording the TREMONTI album...haha
Eric Friedman
Sounding sick! http://img.ly/6ZhI @MarkTremonti

August 3, 2011

Mark Tremonti
@coachB1526 I'm using the Rectifier and Cornford. @IIEROCKII is using the Shivas. The 20th anniversary has KT 88s and it blends great.
Mark Tremonti
The uber is going out on tour. The tones sound awesome with the Shivas and the Cornford.
Mark Tremonti
Here is the progress chart and song list teaser for the solo record.http://img.ly/6WK4

Mark Tremonti
http://img.ly/6WJP Here's a pic of the studio rig.

August 1, 2011

Eric Friedman
STOKED!! TREMONTI tracking resumes today!! We've been waiting on this day for a while!
Mark Tremonti
Doing a writing session today, should be a lot of fun!

June 30, 2011

Mark Tremonti
Just listened to the 7th rough mix from the solo record. Can't wait for you all to hear it!

Alter Bridge release their July webisode, titled "Downtime", in which Mark announces that Fret12 will expand to become a record label to accommodate the release of Mark's solo record.

June 1, 2011

Eric Friedman
@ELVISLIBERACE dude I have a permagrin
Michael Baskette
"@IIEROCKII: Im BLASTING the crap outta these TREMONTI roughs right now.. #schwing!!! Album shreds! @MarkTremonti @GWDrums @1f_jef
Eric Friedman
I am BLASTING the crap outta these TREMONTI roughs right now in the studio.. #schwing!!! @MarkTremonti @GWDrums @ELVISLIBERACE @1f_jef

May 31, 2011

Eric Friedman
Got a chance to hear some bits of the progress we've made on some of the TREMONTI tracks.. Holy#! We've got our work cut out 4 playin live!

May 22, 2011

Mark and Myles are interviewed by 93.3 WMMR radio host Pierre Robert after their show at the MMRBQ festival, and Mark reveals that his album will be released in pieces, making individual songs available before the entire album is on sale.  Check it out here: http://www.wmmr.com/music/mmarchives/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10240587

May 17, 2011

In an interview for The Alter Bridge Nation, Mark mentions three songs off of his album, titled "Proof", "Decay", and "Gone".  Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2Nv8Z5rQCg

April 23, 2011

Michael Baskette
More tracking antics @1f_jef and @IIEROCKII and @GWDrums http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/216348_167290126661927_118173698240237_393507_3443139_n.jpg

Michael Baskette
We are tracking @IIEROCKII with @1f_jef and @GWDrums http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/217088_167289706661969_118173698240237_393506_6156021_n.jpg

April 22, 2011

Mark reveals during an interview on a California rock station that his solo album will contain elements of speed metal, and that Alter Bridge will be writing a new album while on the road next year.  Check out the interview here: http://937kclb.com/node/4883

Michael Baskette
Erock tracking the bass on Tremonti's solo album :) http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/223396_167107706680169_118173698240237_392345_2045133_n.jpg

Eric Friedman
'Bout to dive head first into a day full of recording with Elvis Baskette. This Tremonti record is already sounding pretty knarly...I haven't even begun my guitar parts yet!

April 21, 2011

Garrett Whitlock
Tremonti drum trackinghttp://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/222070_166849100039363_118173698240237_390904_6233320_n.jpg

April 20, 2011

Jef Moll
Back to Tremonti recording today. Tracking bass w/ @IIEROCKII while Mark is touring w/ @alterbridge

April 16, 2011

Mark Tremonti
Check out the studio rig, sounds heavy!