As one of modern punk rock’s most prolific acts, Alkaline Trio, emerged from Chicago in 1996 and spun out eight full length punk rock studio albums. 2010’s This Addiction which reached #11 on Billboard 200 and Damnesia, which features a selection of beloved fan favorites selected from the group’s extensive catalogue and presented in an intimate-semi unplugged format.
“My Shame Is True”, Alkaline Trio’s new album was recorded with Bill Stevenson (The Descendents and Black Flag and with Jason Livermore) at the producers’ legendary punk rock studio, Blasting Room Studios, in Colorado. “My Shame Is True”, blasts the band into new musical terrain while keeping true to their classic Trio sound. The album contains 40 minutes of punk rock anthems that showcase guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba, bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano and drummer Derek Grant” – kicking ass and takin’ names. My favorite track from this album is “I Wanna be a Warhol”. An implicit reference to famed artist Andy Warhol, the song parallels the need to be appreciated the way an art collector pines over and shows off a masterful painting. I checked out their music video after listening to their album, and this three-minute clip consist of femme fatale Milla Jovovich walking around her home while a pervert living inside the walls watches. Once the model/actress realizes she’s the object of his creepy male gaze, she strips down to her lingerie and heads to the bedroom. Kinda creepy, but awesome, such as this album. 3.7/5 Dragons
Alkaline Trio Online – www.alkalinetrio.com
– Review by Andrew Johnstone