Q&A: Mark Dudzinski from Tremendous!

Tremendous are a glam rock band from Birmingham. They recently released their debut, Relentless, which has gotten praise from Classic Rock Magazine and Rodney Bingenheimer. If you like David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Slade, T Rex, The Struts, The Runaways, Cheap Trick, The Raspberries, basically any power pop or glam rock, you might like Tremendous. It’s a short, sweet, powerful debut from the glam rockers that grabs your attention with its immediacy. They’ve gotten so much praise in such a short amount of time, which is incredible. It shows you that when you make something good, people will pay attention even in a pandemic which has shaken the music industry and many more industries. The message I get is to keep creating! People need good music to lift up their spirits and Tremendous can do that!

You can stream the album now on Spotify. The highlights of the album are the opener “Don’t Leave Our Love”, “Rock n Roll Satellite”, “Daniela”, “Take a Good Look at My Good”, “Heart Sinker”, and “Hell is Only a Blessing Away”.

We’re lucky to have Mark Dudzinski from Tremendous here to talk about his band’s music. If you want to learn more about him and Tremendous, keep on reading!

Angie Moon: How would you describe Tremendous to a new listener?

Mark Dudzinski: Rawkous, bloated, over indulgent, dated, deluded, diluted, trashy glam rock.

Angie: How did the band get started?

Mark: I think it was sometime early 2018, but I had the name just before then. It’s taken from the catchphrase of the American/Cuban comedian Joey Diaz.

Angie: How did you get into classic rock?

Mark: Pretty much all I listened to growing up. Mainly 70s 80s Rock, Glam, AOR etc. I guess I’m what you’d call a throwback.

Angie: Who are your biggest style and sound inspirations?

Mark: T. Rex, Slade, Sex Pistols, Guns n’ Roses. Fashion wise? Granny Takes a Trip. Seditionaries, but it’s amazing what you find in vintage or thrift stores which can be redesigned or reimagined.

Angie: What was recording Relentless like?

Mark: Kind of a long process but fun. We did it in the Midlands, London and Sweden with various producers such as Gavin Monaghan who did Robert Plant, Kings Of Leon, The Editors to name a few. It’s a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster how it was put together. It clocks in at just under 29 minutes. Some of the tracks are pretty short which adds to the immediacy of the album, which I think is part of the charm of Relentless.

Angie: How has the album been received so far?

Mark: Incredible..lots of mags and radio already.. We really beat the odds even though it was released during lockdown. The reception has been unbelievable!

Angie: What are your favourite songs to perform live?

Mark: Like Dreamers Do, Open for Closing, Rock n’ Roll Satellite, Bag Of Nails. We luv em all!

Angie: What is your proudest accomplishment as a band?

Mark: Probably the first time we were nominated for Track of the Week in Classic Rock Magazine. We hadn’t even done one show so I guess we were picked purely on the strength of the music.

Angie: What are your goals?

Mark: Tryin’ to find my plectrums. I think they’re behind the couch somewhere.

Angie: Any words for your fans?

Mark: Hopefully see you guys at a show soon, once the lockdown is over.

You can follow Tremendous on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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