is a three-member Illinois punk rock band from McHenry, Illinois, formed in 1996. The band consists of Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar), Dan Andriano (vocals, bass), and Derek Grant (drums).Founded in late 1996, by Matt Skiba, bassist Rob Doran and drummer Glenn Porter, Alkaline Trio released its debut single, "Sundials", in 1997. Following its release, Doran departed from the band and was replaced by Dan Andriano. The band subsequently recorded an EP, For Your Lungs Only
(1998), and its debut studio album, Goddamnit
(1998). Following the release of the band's second album, Maybe I'll Catch Fire
(2000), Glenn Porter left the band and was replaced by Mike Felumlee for its subsequent album, From Here to Infirmary
(2001).Backed by the singles "Stupid Kid" and "Private Eye", From Here to Infirmary
significantly increased the band's exposure, and its follow-up, Good Mourning
(2003), charted highly on the Billboard 200
. Good Mourning
marked the recording debut of current drummer Derek Grant. In 2005, the band released Crimson
which expanded upon the band's punk rock influences, with prominent overdubs and additional instrumentation, and continued with this direction on Agony & Irony
(2008), which was released on V2 Records.In 2010, the band released This Addiction
on its own label Heart & Skull and Epitaph. Recorded in the band's hometown of Chicago, with early producer Matt Allison, the album was a conscious effort to return to its punk rock roots, and became the highest charting album of their career, debuting on the Billboard 200 at No. 11. In 2011 the band celebrated its 15-year anniversary with the release of Damnesia
, which featured new, acoustic-based recordings of songs from across the band's career. The band's ninth studio album, My Shame Is True
was released on April 2, 2013.Early years, Goddamnit
and Maybe I'll Catch Fire
(1996–2000)Alkaline Trio was formed in December 1996, originally consisting of Matt Skiba (guitar/lead vocals), Rob Doran (bass/vocals), and Glenn Porter (drums/vocals). They all hailed from McHenry, Illinois, in Chicago's Northwest suburbs. 1997 saw the release of the band's first EP, Sundials
. This was followed shortly after by the departure of Rob Doran, after which Dan Andriano, former singer of Asian Man Records band Tuesday and bassist for Slapstick, took his place and they began recording. The band released their second EP entitled For Your Lungs Only
, in 1998. Later that year, the band released their first full length album, Goddamnit
, followed by Maybe I'll Catch Fire
in 2000 (both on Asian Man Records). Also in 2000, the band released a collection of their previously released EPs on their self-titled album.
From Here to Infirmary, Good Mourning and Dan Andriano's side project (2001–2005)
In 2001, the band released From Here To Infirmary
on Vagrant Records. This album inspired music videos for the singles "Stupid Kid" and "Private Eye." The album was the band's first album to reach above Billboard
top 200 mark and the first to gross six figures in sales.Their next full-length album was Good Mourning
, released in 2003, with the album's launch single "We've Had Enough" seeing much the same success as the previous single "Stupid Kid". The album was something of a departure from earlier works, featuring greater production values.The band appeared on various compilation albums, notably Plea for Peace
Vol. 1, Vagrant Records: Another Year on the Streets
Vol. 1, 2, and 3, and Rock Against Bush
Vol. 1. Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano have both independently recorded split records, Skiba with Kevin Seconds on Asian Man Records and Andriano with Mike Felumlee on Double Zero Records, as well as jointly performing backing vocal duties on the album This is Unity Music
by Common Rider. They recorded 2 split EPs: one with Hot Water Music in 2002 and the other with One Man Army in 2004.In 2004, Dan became a member of The Falcon, a group consisting of The Lawrence Arms' bassist Brendan Kelly, previously of Slapstick (alongside Dan) and The Broadways, and drummer Neil Hennessy. The Falcon also saw contributions from Todd Mohney of The Killing Tree and formerly Rise Against. The band released an EP, God Don't Make No Trash / Up Your Ass With Broken Glass
in 2005 and its first full length, Unicornography
in September 2006.
Crimson, Remains, and Matt Skiba's side project (2005–2007)
Alkaline Trio released their fifth studio album on Vagrant Records, titled Crimson
, on May 24, 2005, which featured the single "Time to Waste." The single for this song also included bonus tracks produced by Squirtgun and Common Rider bassist Mass Giorgini. The tracks "Mercy Me" and "Burn" have also been released as singles from the album.In December 2005, a dual-disc special edition re-release of Crimson
hit store shelves. This album features the original cut of Crimson
released earlier in the year, while the 2nd disc has demo and acoustic/live versions of some of the songs. Additionally, an enhanced version of the lyrics and liner notes are available for download with personal messages from the band members on the history and/or inspiration(s) behind the songs.In September 2006, Patent Pending
, the debut album by Matt Skiba's side project Heavens was released. The band consisted of Skiba on guitar and vocals, and Josiah Steinbrick (of hardcore punk outfit F-Minus) on bass. On the album, the duo were joined by The Mars Volta's Isaiah "Ikey" Owens on organ and Matthew Compton on drums and percussion. Skiba was playing with Heavens during a short tour in the fall of 2006.In October 2006, it was announced that Alkaline Trio had signed with V2 Records. On January 12, 2007, the North America branch of the label announced that they were undergoing restructuring to focus on their back catalogue and digital distribution. As a result, their employees were let go and their roster of artists left as free agents.January 30, 2007 marked the release of Remains
an album of B-sides, rarities and live performances. An accompanying DVD contained performances from The Occult Roots Tour. This marked the end of their association with Vagrant Records.During late May 2007 the band began listing Epic Records as its label on their MySpace.
Agony & Irony (2008–2009)
In February 2008, Asian Man Records released a 10th Anniversary reissue of the band's 1998 full length, Goddamnit
. The disc was remixed and remastered, with 4 bonus tracks from their 1996 demo tape added, and the album was repackaged with new artwork and a feature length DVD documentary about the band's early days. Predictably, the release caused quite a bit of excitement for long-time followers of the group.On Saturday, February 9, 2008, the band posted a message on their MySpace page explaining that they had been in the studio for three weeks working on the new album without revealing a release date or title. The band later announced via their fan club, the Blood Pact, that their upcoming album, titled Agony & Irony
, would be released on July 1, 2008. As a gift for members, they made a new song titled "In Vein" available as an exclusive. On April 4, they posted the song on their MySpace for 24 hours.A contest ("Settle The Score"), was announced May 6, 2008, that encouraged fans to download sheet music of "Love Love Kiss Kiss" from the official website and send Alkaline Trio footage of their interpretation of the song before it was released by the band.As expected, the band released Agony & Irony
on July 1, 2008. First week sales for the album placed Alkaline Trio at No. 13 on the Billboard
This Addiction and Damnesia (2009-2011)
During a concert in May 2009, the band revealed that they were no longer signed to Epic Records and that they would be releasing new material through their own label later in the year. Recording began that July. Four songs from the album ("This Addiction", "Dead On The Floor", "Dine, Dine My Darling", and "Dorothy") were debuted on that tour with Saves the Day.On November 18, 2009, the band announced that they would be releasing their new album on their own newly formed label, Heart & Skull, a joint venture with Epitaph Records. In the same article, Skiba also confirmed that the new album would be released on February 23 in 2010, with another new song announced, entitled "The American Scream." The trio went back to their home in Chicago to record This Addiction after recording their last few albums in L.A. The band worked hard to go back to their roots with the album, Atlas Studios being the place they recorded their first three albums.On December 1 Alkaline Trio confirmed to Rock Sound that the title of their new album would be This Addiction
"It is the first song on the record and the title of our new album," said vocalist Matt Skiba. "The song takes heroin addiction as a metaphor for love. The whole record is really personal, all three of us have been through quite a bit since our last album [2008's Agony & Irony\] and it is all expressed through this, all the songs are about the relationships we've been in and so the record has a constant theme."
The album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, making it the highest the band has ever charted to date.Alkaline Trio released an LP, Damnesia
, in July 12, 2011. Consisting of "a selection of beloved fan favorites selected from the group's extensive catalogue and presented in an intimate semi-unplugged format", the LP also included two new songs, "Olde English 800" and "I Remember a Rooftop", as well as a cover version of the Violent Femmes' "I Held Her in My Arms". The band went on a fifteenth-anniversary United States tour in support of the album.
My Shame Is True (2012-present)
On July 14, 2012 in an interview with The Punk Site, it was confirmed by Andriano that the band will begin recording their ninth studio album in October.
"We're going to go work with Bill [Stevenson\] at Fort Collins at the Blasting Room. Bill and Jason [Livermore\]. We've all wanted to work with Bill for a long time and this is kind of the time to do it. So we're going to go hang out there in October. Make a new record."
On October 27, 2012, Skiba confirmed that the band had completed the album. On February 1, 2013, the band released a lyric video for the album's lead single, "I Wanna Be A Warhol". On February 5, the band released the artwork and track-listing for the album, titled My Shame Is True
, as well as the artwork and track-listing for an EP called Broken Wing
. Both My Shame Is True
and Broken Wing
were released on April 2, 2013.Musical characteristicsAlkaline Trio are usually considered a punk rock band, as well as being considered emo and pop punk. Originally simply a punk rock band, the band started to play a lot of pop punk on albums like Crimson and Agony & Irony. The band then returned to their standard punk roots with This Addiction.
Alkaline Trio is part of a very large circle of Chicago punk/hardcore bands. Skiba had previously been a member of Jerkwater, Blunt and The Traitors. Former drummer Glenn Porter played in 88 Fingers Louie. Andriano's previous bands were Slapstick and Tuesday. Mike Felumlee (drums) has also performed with Duvall and Smoking Popes, whilst another Alkaline Trio drummer, Derek Grant, whom joined the band for the From Here to Infirmary album, has also played for Laughing Glass, Skolars, Telegraph, The Suicide Machines, Thoughts of Ionesco, Dan Zanes, The Sugar Pups and Sean Madigan Hoen. In 2004 Dan Andriano joined the newly assembled group, The Falcon, with Andriano performing with fellow former Slapstick member Brendan Kelly (guitar and vocals), Neil Hennessy (drums), and Todd Mohney, a former member of Rise Against. Mohney played guitar on the first EP but did not appear in the band's debut album Unicornography, and his spot was filled in by Kelly and Hennessy. They have also been often compared to bands like Jawbreaker and Green Day.In 2006 Skiba started the side-project Heavens with Josiah Steinbrick, previously of F-Minus. Their debut album, Patent Pending
was released on Epitaph Records.On September 16, 2009 bassist and co-vocalist Dan Andriano announced he would be playing a series of solo shows across the US under the name "Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room". The band announced on Twitter that Andriano will be releasing his debut solo album under the same name in summer 2011. The album, "Hurricane Season", was released on August 9, 2011 under the moniker 'Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room'.Skiba was set to release his debut solo album on February 14, 2010, but it was delayed until the summer of 2010 due to the new Alkaline Trio album. The album's name is Demos
. In May 2012 Skiba released his second solo album (backed by The Sekrets) entitled Babylon