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Alkaline Trio

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Chicago, United States (1996 – present)

Alkaline Trio are a band from Chicago, Illinois consisting of Matt Skiba (guitar/vocals), Dan Andriano (bass/vocals), and Derek Grant (drums/backing vocals). Their music is characterized by dark lyrics, catchy hooks, fast tempos and recurring subjects of alcoholism, depression, shattered relationships, drugs and death.

The band formed in December of 1996, originally consisting of Skiba, Rob Doran (bass/vocals), and Glenn Porter (drums/vocals). 1997 saw the release of the band’s first EP, Sundials. This was followed shortly after by the departure of Doran. He was replaced by Andriano, who had been the singer for Tuesday and bassist for the ska band Slapstick. The band released their second EP, entitled For Your Lungs Only, in 1998, which began to build them a sizable fan base in the American Midwest. Later that year, they released their first full-length album, Goddamnit, followed by Maybe I’ll Catch Fire in 2000. Both were released on Asian Man Records. Also in 2000, the band released a collection of their previously-released EPs on a self-titled album.

Following the success of their Asian Man releases, Alkaline Trio signed to Vagrant. Joined by new drummer Mike Felumlee (previously of the Smoking Popes), From Here to Infirmary was released in 2001. It was their first album to see any interest from alternative radio and the mainstream media, with the semi-hit punk single “Stupid Kid” and the inclusion of the song “Armageddon” on the Tony Hawk’s Underground as well as Tony Hawks American Wasteland video games.

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  • nirvanamannequi

    The site I write for did an album versus on Alkaline Trio: From Here to Infirmary vs Maybe I'll Catch Fire. Who wins? Or do you think there's a better album? http://alreadyheard.com/post/82204820073/versus-alkaline-trio-from-here-to-infirmary-vs#.U0WDXvldWSq

    9 Apr 5:30pm Reply
  • AllTimeLoo

    so excited to see them at groezrock.

    9 Apr 8:38am Reply
  • marco244

    emo tag.. what the hell?

    26 Mar 3:42pm Reply
  • vanbeekster

    Still one of my favorite bands despite the emo tag

    20 Mar 4:20pm Reply
  • invisiblewings

    The reason Skiba dominates My Shame is True is because the record is really the story of his relationship (I believe the biker woman on the cover art is actually the subject, but don't quote me on that one). I'm glad Dan was given the Broken Wing EP to showcase his contributions to the session, but they just don't fit on this particular record. Whether Matt should have recorded it as a solo record or not is what should be debated.

    25 Feb 10:13pm Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine.

    23 Feb 8:20am Reply
  • KilroyX

    Just why is their music so fucking brilliant?

    20 Feb 2:23pm Reply
  • TinBrozinich

    <3

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    HEY THERE SLEEPY SMIIIIIIIIIILE

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mark4all

    Best band EVER

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    @jaco6969, I Wanna Be a Warhol and Temptation of St. Anthony are pretty good, She Lied to the FBI is alright, the rest are awful. @Mysiak Not sure about an accident but yeah they've studio effected the fuck out of his voice since Crimson. He sounded great before that, agreed.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Mysiak15

    Honestly I love Skiba's vocie on earlier albums and live clips as well. Heard rumors that Matt had "voice accident" before Crimson I think, anyone know something about that? I'm curious about that and can't find anything

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jaco6969

    nooope , Skiba's songs are really good on ,,My Shame is true "

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    Skiba's songs have been pretty bad since Crimson, with a few exceptions a la the American Scream, whereas Dan has always been a fantastic songwriter. Also, Dan has a fantastic and unique voice whereas Matt's voice is polished with studio effects all the time.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Mysiak15

    wait what? Skibas songs are great, can't stand Dans voice sometimes. btw. when we're on standing something - why they leave such great style which was on "Good Mourning" for happy (can't find the word) rhythm that is on Agony & Irony and other newest? That's just punch in the face, but still love their music, just wanna something like old good "Good Mourning". poor english is poor

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    Goddamnit why do they always leave so many amazing Dan songs off their albums and put Skiba's shitty ones on instead

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JimmyRidimmi

    can't wait for them to come in italy! this is seriously the moment i've been waiting for all my life

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • splatterdick

    I haven't liked alk3 this much since high school. can't wait to see 'em on the 23rd.

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • splatterdick

    Didn't like the album at all at first but its really grown on me. Matt's lyrics aren't as good as usual on some tracks but the band sounds the best it has in years. [2]

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Skizzo7

    so strange "Broken wing" and "Pocket knife" aren't in the lp!

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
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