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What songs do you use to introduce Alter Bridge to new people?

Postby TheEndisHere » Fri May 24, 2019 10:41 am

We all know by now that Alter Bridge is criminally unknown to many people, including fans of rock music, especially in the US, despite being one of, if not the best rock band (IMHO) of the last 15 years. I try to introduce other people to Alter Bridge all the time. In the last two years, I have introduced them to some of my high school students and fellow teachers. Who else tries to get people into Alter Bridge? What songs do you use?

Depending on who it is (male, female, wrestling fan, etc), I have used the following songs: Cry of Achilles, Fortress, Blackbird, and Metallingus. If people like those, I move to other songs.

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Postby AB4Lyfe » Fri May 24, 2019 2:09 pm

Honestly it depends on what the person is in to. If they’re more into pop, I give them something lighter like Rise Today, Open Your Eyes, Breathe Again. If they’re coming from a heavier background, I’ll use Island of Fools, Isolation, Ties That Bind. If they’re into more progressive and technical stuff, then their epics; Fortress, Blackbird, Achilles, Last Hero.
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Postby MuffinMcFluffin » Sat May 25, 2019 1:48 am

Generally I introduce Blackbird, because sometimes I'm asked what my favorite ever song is. How can I not play it, then? lol

I don't think that's the right "order" to do it, but that's what it generally comes to. Sometimes I'll play Cry of Achilles simply because of the opening, which people tend to dig.

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Postby WaywardOne » Sun May 26, 2019 9:59 am

I usually go Cry of Achilles. Most people don't want to hear a sad song like Blackbird right off the bat, so CoA feels like the next most impressive one to show.

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Postby Mr. Slash » Sun May 26, 2019 3:04 pm

WaywardOne wrote:I usually go Cry of Achilles. Most people don't want to hear a sad song like Blackbird right off the bat, so CoA feels like the next most impressive one to show.

I think Cry of Achilles is by far their best effort when it comes to writing more progressive stuff. On the other hand the main riff and the chorus provide rather hard rock/sing-along like components. So you can show this song to basically everyone who is interested in guitar music I would say.

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Re: What songs do you use to introduce Alter Bridge to new people?

Postby TheEndisHere » Tue May 28, 2019 2:14 pm

Also, when you introduce Alter Bridge to people who have never heard them before, what comparisons to other popular bands would you use? I struggle with this question because there are obvious reasons to avoid the Creed history and the original post grunge sound has largely faded as the band has become more metal and progressive throughout the years. I know that certain songs have clear influences (Uninvited-tool, My Champion-AC/DC) but Alter Bridge really sounds different than most of the other bands that they are grouped together with. What bands do you hear in Alter Bridge? I mean I hear bits of Metallica, Alice in Chains, Sound Garden, Tool and AC/DC in their sound along with Myles voice that is like Cornell mixed with Axl mixed with Steve Perry.

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Postby anguyen92 » Tue May 28, 2019 3:44 pm

TheEndisHere wrote:Also, when you introduce Alter Bridge to people who have never heard them before, what comparisons to other popular bands would you use? I struggle with this question because there are obvious reasons to avoid the Creed history and the original post grunge sound has largely faded as the band has become more metal and progressive throughout the years.


That's always been one of the hardest AB-related questions to give a concrete answer to. I guess it depends on what type of music the person is into. If they lean more on the heavier side, you can say A7X, Trivium, Mastodon, Disturbed, etc. and I don't think AB would be out of place. If the listener is more into mainstream rock but not as heavy as the bands I mentioned, you can feasibly say Shinedown (their albums in the 00s, not so much their albums in the 10s), Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry, etc.

Otherwise, I wouldn't list the post-grunge bands that were big in the 00s, but not as big (in fact, smaller in popularity than AB nowadays) nowadays like Saliva, Puddle of Mudd, Trapt, P.O.D. The bands that you would hear on Sirus XM Turbo, but wouldn't hear on Octane nowadays.

That stated, AB has a sound very distinctive that it's really hard to categorize in a group of contemporaries and they be the odd band out if you group them with a list of bands. Either they are too "mainstream"-like to the metal crowds or they are too heavy for the "Active Rock" crowds.

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Re: What songs do you use to introduce Alter Bridge to new people?

Postby TheEndisHere » Tue May 28, 2019 9:27 pm

I listen mostly to more mainstream rock and Alter Bridge has heavier and more complex guitar so as you said they seem like the odd one out. In comparison to the heavier bands you mentioned, AB has much cleaner vocals. Like I sometimes have trouble finding bands that scratch the same itch as AB of heavy yet melodic, because mainstream rock bands play it too safe (looking at you, Shinedown) while the harsh metal vocals (screaming/ growling) of bands like Trivium just feel fake and too harsh. The only band that really has the same feel is obviously Tremonti or some Metallica. Maybe part of the reason that AB is still so underrated is that they don't fit cleanly into either category.

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Postby Mr. Slash » Wed May 29, 2019 5:08 pm

TheEndisHere wrote:Also, when you introduce Alter Bridge to people who have never heard them before, what comparisons to other popular bands would you use?

I'd go with Stone Sour for some reason.

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Re: What songs do you use to introduce Alter Bridge to new people?

Postby TheEndisHere » Thu May 30, 2019 10:29 am

I just can't get into Stone Sour outside of their 3 big singles. I have tried multiple times.

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Re: What songs do you use to introduce Alter Bridge to new people?

Postby VigilantSteve » Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:02 pm

Mr. Slash wrote:
TheEndisHere wrote:Also, when you introduce Alter Bridge to people who have never heard them before, what comparisons to other popular bands would you use?

I'd go with Stone Sour for some reason.

I don't know if you could really compare AB to any "popular" bands. Maybe if you pick out specific songs (i.e. you could make an argument that musically Isolation sounds somewhat like Disturbed), but really I can't think of another "popular" band that I could compare their catalogue to.

To answer the original question of the post, I rarely ever specifically try to get anybody to listen to a specific song from any bands that I like. At most I'll just throw one of their albums on while I'm driving with someone else in the car, or I'll have some of their music playing in the background at my house when people are coming over to hang out. If they like whatever song is playing, great, but I usually don't push things more than that unless someone specifically asks for recommendations. That's just me though.


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