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Alkaline Trio returns to Sparks
by Cortney Maddock
May 28, 2008 | 1303 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Alkaline Trio plays at the New Oasis in Sparks on Wednesday to promote its newest album, “Goddamnit Redux.”
Courtesy photo Alkaline Trio plays at the New Oasis in Sparks on Wednesday to promote its newest album, “Goddamnit Redux.”
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Set in a sea of black and red, Alkaline Trio returns to the New Oasis to perform Wednesday night as part of the band’s tour to promote its latest album, “Goddamnit Redux.”

Alkaline Trio’s music might qualify the group for the “punk” category, but the band’s unique sound has gained fans for the more than 10 years the band has been making music.

“Goddamnit” was Alkaline Trio’s first studio album, released in 1998. Since then the band has followed up with a line of albums, including 2000’s self-titled release “Maybe I’ll Catch Fire,” but it was 2001’s “From Here to the Infirmary” that proved the band to be a more serious version of punk-scene chart-burners Blink-182 and the Offspring.

“From Here to the Infirmary” showed that the dwindling dark side of punk could be excellently paired with catchy beats and well-written lyrics. Propelling Alkaline Trio into the mainstream would be more difficult, but a faithful fan following has helped the band keep bars and small venues packed, especially since the release of 2003’s “Good Mourning” and 2005’s “Crimson.”

Alkaline Trio has been able to maintain punk presence while weaving in and out of mainstream play.

The group is a compilation of musical talent with drummer Derek Grant, singer and bassist Dan Andriano and singer and guitarist Matt Skiba. Andriano and Skiba trade singing lead vocals, but their voices create a unique and scratchy sound that complements the band’s dark yet though-provoking lyrics.

Despite the success being found through catchy melodies paired with melodic vocals that keep fans coming back, Skiba took a break from Alkaline Trio and produced “Patent Pending” in 2006 with side project HEAVENS.

Similar in sound, but darker in content, “Patent Pending” received minimal critical praise but was added to the CD collection of nearly every Alkaline Trio fan.

Realizing it was better to stay put than deviate from the well-paved path of success, Skiba rejoined his Alkaline Trio band mates to release 2007’s “Remains.”

“Goddamnit Redux” is the band’s eleventh studio album and sent the trio back out on tour, bringing bands Broadway Calls and The Medic Droid along for the ride.

Alkaline Trio will perform Wednesday night at the New Oasis, 2100 Victorian Ave. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Recycled Records in Reno, Out of Bounds in Reno and Carson City or online at www.ticketweb.com.

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