As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make punk rock. OK, it doesn’t at all, but when Alkaline Trio’s front man and guitarist, the beloved and enigmatic Matt Skiba, found himself at a personal and professional crossroads he did what any true rocker worth his salt would do: he went back to his roots, which were in this case, the melodic punk that cemented Alkaline Trio into the skull-tattooed hearts of their devotees. While preparing for his current tour and his new album’s release this February, Skiba took a moment to chat with SuicideGirls about making the record, and the benefits of drinking beer at the movies.
did you hate the new Alk3 as much as i did? and whats with the SKA HORNS? i was more then disappointed when i heard this. how bout you?
I’m not disappointed at all. I think that this is as close as they are going to get to their “classic” sound without literally making another Goddamnit. I think it’s a good mix of the things they have learned and picked up from all of their albums. But I definitely hear more of an “old school” influence in this one then their last two.
I don’t know. I guess I came to the realization long ago that this band will never sound the same on the next album as the last. If you go through their catalog, every album is so much different then the one before. You can hear their gradual progression so clearly in every thing that they do and I LOVE the fact that they don’t shy away from change. I love that they don’t do the same thing over and over. I love the fact that you just NEVER know what to expect with them from every album.
I understand how a lot of people may not like the direction they have taken, but I mean, it’s been what, like a little more then ten years? In that time you have to expect that some exploration and stepping out of the box will be done. I think that what we’re seeing and experiencing is them doing that and trying to find a place where they are comfortable, and naturally that place changes with every album.
I like that they never ever try to cater to what they think people want to hear, but try to make an album that they are happy with and fits into where they are at that point and time. I also think that really shows with the diversity of their fan base as well.
Oh my god. Wall of text, and I could go on and on. AND I strayed away from the original question. Go figure.
Anyway, no, I am not at all disappointed with this album, I feel like they are exactly where they need and want to be musically. Not going to lie, the horns threw me off at first, but because of Matt’s vocals, the tempo of the song and they lyrics, Lead Poisoning is one of my favorite songs on the album so far. Haha.
I really enjoy this album, even though, not gonna lie, there were some parts that made me cringe. Like I was REALLY liking Draculina until he kept repeating the word Draculina over and over. And I’m not at all digging the synths in Eating Me Alive, but I like the lyrics. Matt’s voice sounds STELLAR, especially in Lead Poisoning. The American Scream….the lyrics are kind of corny. It will probably grow on me, I don’t know. I also think this is the first time I’ve loved every Dan song on an album. After first listen my favorites are Lead Poisoning, Dead On The Floor, Off the Map and Draculina.
The best part though is thinking that Dan said “We just fucked 2 hours and 7 minutes, honestly I’m surprised we made it.”
Just a little note that I’m sure few of you care about but I’ll say it anyway, haha. I won’t be posting any leaks of tracks that may or have surfaced already unless they are officially released as singles until the album comes out. I vowed not to spoil it for myself and just wait to hear the whole album when it is released.
But I’m sure if you’re curious enough you can find them on your own somewhere. Haha. Happy listening (if you so choose)!
From the opening seconds of the title track of Alkaline Trio’s seventh studio album This Addiction, it appears the Chicago-bred threesome may have found the place its entire career has been leading. While the album’s opener blazes at a tempo reminiscent of the band’s 1998 debut Goddamnit and features a signature Matt Skiba lyric of fatal co-dependency, the whole affair feels strangely… comfortable? By the time second track “Dine, Dine My Darling”—if you don’t get the joke, it’s probably not worth explaining—kicks in with Dan Andriano providing his traditionally lighter foil to Skiba’s obsidian musings, it’s clear: Alkaline Trio has settled into an unforeseeable maturity—at least by Alkaline Trio standards—and it suits them just fine.
When did you first get into Alkaline Trio and what drew you in?
About 2 or 3 years ago I got into them ~hardcore~. Before that I listened to them a little bit casually. I started to delve deeper into their catalog when a friend pointed out a specific song to me and I really related to it for personal reasons. I was having a super super tough year. After that, the more I listened to them the more I fell in love with them. In the end, I guess what drew me in was that their music is easy to relate too in that it’s really simple but cryptic enough to fit your own pieces into, if that makes sense. Like, you could pick any one of their songs and no matter what it may have meant to them when they wrote it, you can directly relate it something that happened in your own life. I find an odd comfort in that.
What’s the best country to drink in? I would have to say Japan. When I first went over there years ago, you could buy beer from vending machines on the street. It was perfectly legal to waltz around the city with an open container in your fist. The last time I went into a bar in Osaka, everyone in there told me I looked like Tom Hanks and bought me drinks so that they could laugh at me freely. I don’t think that would happen in any other country.