Published Feb 16, 2010Punk rock connoisseurs Alkaline Trio have a lot going on at the moment. Not only are they setting out on a headlining tour, but they're about to release their seventh studio album, This Addiction, which aims to revisit their punk roots while simultaneously taking their music to the next level creatively.
This follow-up to 2008's Agony & Irony is set to drop on February 23, marking the band's first release on their new Heart & Skull imprint, as well as the first with their parent label Epitaph.
But as of now, This Addiction is available to stream all week at Exclaim.ca. All you need to do is click here.
Alkaline Trio recorded and produced the album themselves, along with assistance from longtime cohort and Atlas Studios producer Matt Allison. According to Matt Skiba, lead singer and guitarist of the Illinois-bred band, birthing This Addiction was a progressive journey into a new sound, yet echoes their familiar punk rock roots that they were once so renowned for.
For the title track and first single "This Addiction," it's "about a relationship gone bad and, for some reason, you just can't quit it," says Skiba. From there you have everything from bass-heavy rockers ("Dine, Dine My Darling") and political anthems ("The American Scream") to some sonic boundary-pushers ("Dorothy") and singalongs ("Draculina"), all showcasing Alkaline Trio's desire to lay bare their intense passion and musicianship.
With their signature guitar riffs and vibrating sound, Skiba and co. are delivering the album on standard CD, a limited deluxe CD/DVD edition (containing two bonus songs, four acoustic tracks and a full-length concert DVD) and a gatefold vinyl version.
Alkaline Trio's North American tour kicks off this week, with poetically charged indie rockers Cursive at their side. For a complete list of dates, click here.
This Addiction will be streaming on Exclaim.ca until February 22.