A new EP from Alkaline Trio as the world begins to grind to a halt.
With their North American tour with Bad Religion postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic grounding the world, Alkaline Trio have issued their fans with a surprise new three-track EP this past week, just fittingly called ‘E.P.‘ Said frontman Matt Skiba of this new three-track releases for those with little else to do in home-based quarantines:
“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.”
The dark, eerie rocker of ‘Minds Like Minefields‘ opens up matters, and is another macabre Alkaline Trio track that slots nicely into their older horror punk sound. Bassist Dan Andriano leads the classic-sounding, forlorn pop-punk of ‘Radio Violence‘ – a song about the breakdown of communications – whereas things then wind down with the acoustic slow-jam of ‘Smokestack.’ It’s a short and sweet little release for Alkaline Trio, nothing necessarily that special, but I’ll never say no to new music from them.
With long-time drummer Derek Grant now back in the band after some time off, expect this U.S. trio to drop more fresh material soon enough. Stream ‘E.P.‘ underneath: