Alkaline Trio’ leaves sour taste in audience’s mouths

By Stephanie Fehrmann

Alkaline Trio, the Goth-punk veterans known for their
angst-ridden lyrics focusing inherently on loneliness and the
alcohol-and-heroin binges it sometimes can spark, played to a sold
out crowd last Tuesday at the Glasshouse, but not all were pleased
with the performance.

Lots of people walked out during their encore, spewing choice
words about the band’s song selection for the night.

“This was a chance for them to redeem themselves,” said Max
Espinosa, a fourth-year music business student. “I used to love
this band, but hated their past two albums. I was hoping this show
would change my mind, but it just reinstated that I was right in
getting over them and moving on. I can’t take them seriously if
they make ‘promises’ they can’t keep.”

The promises the band made to long-time fans were about heading
back to their roots in their next album.

“This record is a rock record, but our punk upbringing
definitely shines through, more so than on our last few records,”
said singer/guitarist Matt Skiba in regards to “This Addiction,”
the band’s seventh album set to be released later this month. “The
vibe is similar to our humble beginnings. It’s a step forward, but
I also think it has glimmers of our past in it.”

Alkaline Trio fans apparently got the memo, and bought their
tickets quickly in the hopes of a glimpse into the band’s past,
because the show at the Glasshouse sold out in a matter of

The show was the band’s first stop on a tour of 30 cities. The
Dear & Departed and Omaha-based indie-rock band Cursive
supported Alkaline Trio.

Never shy about shameless self-promotion, Alkaline Trio’s first
song, “This Addiction” was off their yet-to-be-released album.

Throughout the hour-and-a-half long set, Alkaline Trio played
two more new songs and only touched their “humble beginnings”
database, playing fan-favorites “Armageddon,” “Mr. Chainsaw,” “Nose
Over Tail” and “F*** You Aurora.”

To thank their older fans, and in an attempt to not completely
turn them away with only focusing on their newer catalog, The Trio
dedicated “97,” one of their first songs ever written, to all their
fans who have “been here since the beginning.”

The band focused the majority of time on its 2003 release “Good
Mourning,” which is not a fan favorite but doesn’t spark as much
negativity in fans as its last two releases “Crimson” and “Agony
and Irony.”

The latter was released on a major label, which placed the band
No. 13 on the Billboard charts, the highest they had ever been.

Both albums were virtually ignored by the band at The

In a turn for the worst, Alkaline Trio ended the show with a
slew of more recent songs, almost completely ignoring its first,
and what many claim to be its best, album

“Goddammit” and returning to the stage for an embarrassing

The encore included one new song, a Misfit’s cover, and a song
off “Good Mourning,” which struggled to hold the crowd’s

“This Addiction” hits stores Feb. 23. Many long-time fans hope
this is not another broken promise by a punk-band’s growing hunger
for fame.

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Alkaline Trio’ leaves sour taste in audience’s mouths

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