Following the lush-sounding major label misstep of 2008's Agony & Irony, the band regrouped for This Addiction, shedding the extra musical weight without making a hackneyed return to their rough-edged beginnings. "We recorded it with Matt Allison at Atlas Studios in Chicago, which is where we recorded our first three albums. We wrote together in a room, rather than sending each other MP3s. We took a roots approach to writing and recording, but we didn't try to make it sound like an old Alkaline Trio record."
It's only fitting that the band would fulfil a life-long punk's dream of truly doing it themselves, self-financing and releasing it through their own Epitaph-affiliated imprint, Heart & Skull. Skiba hopes that this record is the first of many, including non-A3 music in the future. "We've seen what the Stern brothers have done with BYO, Brett Gurewitz with Epitaph, Ian MacKaye with Dischord. Working on a label by bands for bands has always been an aspiration. But we're taking baby steps, one thing at a time."