Asked if he had any kind of sound or direction in mind for the next TREMONTI album, Mark said: “In a perfect world, I want to kind of split it up. You know, I don’t want to get trapped into having to do heavy records all the time, because it’s something I really wanted to get out with the solo project — the heavier side of my writing — but I don’t want to completely abandon some of the melodic atmospheres of stuff, so I might want to do just like I did the last time, do two albums and have two different sounds. Have one be more atmospheric in music, acoustic, real melodic and have the other one be straight-up heavy.”
Mark also said that it was unlikely VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen would return to TREMONTI for the new album sessions. “I don’t believe so,” Tremonti said. “He’s doing his own project right now. It’s either he’s playing bass in somebody else’s band or he’s singing and playing bass and drums and everything in his own project right now, and I’m sure he’s going to want to put all his efforts into promoting that.”
TREMONTI‘s third album, “Dust”, was released in April 2016 via Fret 12.
“Dust”, which was recorded during same sessions as 2015’s “Cauterize”, features Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums. Longtime friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette produced “Dust”.
Although Wolfgang Van Halen was part of TREMONTI‘s touring band in 2013 and played on “Dust” and “Cauterize”, he sat out TREMONTI‘s tour schedule because of commitments with VAN HALEN.
TREMONTI recruited Tanner Keegan to play bass on its most recent tour.