Alkaline Trio release new EP (listen)
Alkaline Trio were gearing up to co-headline Bad Religion's 40th anniversary tour (with openers War On Women), but like most tours, it's postponed (new dates TBA). Meanwhile, they did just release a new three-song EP on Epitaph with two new full-band songs and the acoustic song "Smokestack" (and a two-song 7" with the full-band songs). Matt Skiba says:
With the tour postponed and the current state of the world, we feel and hope that some new music will help people transcend the uncertainty and possible fear they might be feeling, if even for a few minutes. Music has always had a way of helping us all cope with unpleasant times. We can only hope that ours can do the same for our fans on some level. We hope you enjoy the songs.
Dan Andriano also commented on EP opener "Minds Like Minefields," saying it's "a song about communication breakdowns, it’s about the lies we tell ourselves and others and it’s about shutting out those closest to us when we need them most." The EP sounds like classic Alkaline Trio, and it's nice to hear something new yet so familiar in times like these. Stream it below.
Related: we recently wrote about Dan Andriano's old ska-punk band Slapstick in our list of 12 classic ska-punk albums to prepare you for the impending ska-punk revival, and we wrote about Matt Skiba's current band blink-182 yesterday in our list of the 15 best blink-182 side project songs.