Alkaline Trio Albums Ranked By Matt Skiba
Because we’re evil shits, we like to put artists on the spot from time to time by forcing them to place their back catalogue in order of favourites to… the others. It’s never not brilliant.
So when we caught up with our old buddy Matt Skiba while he was promoting the new Alkaline Trio album Is This Thing Cursed? we took the opportunity to find out how he’d rank that particularly tricky back catalogue. The results were, as ever, interesting.
Over to Matt…
1. IS THIS THING CURSED? (2018)
“Obviously, this is our latest album, so I would put it at the top, but I really do think it is the strongest Alkaline Trio record. Having a friendship that has survived for so long and thrived for so long is something special, and I feel like I can hear it in this music.”
2. GODDAMNIT (1998)
“This used to be my favourite album for the very obvious reason that this was not just our first record, but our first record on Asian Man and our first full-length recording as a band. It was 20 years ago now, and I have nothing but the fondest of memories from making it.”
3. CRIMSON (2005)
“This was the last record that we made with [late producer] Jerry Finn, which makes it one of my favourites. I also like that we dedicated a lot of our time to charity organisations and ultimately getting some innocent people off of Death Row, and that felt so good.”
4. FROM HERE TO INFIRMARY (2001)
“This was the first record where people really started paying attention to us. The first time we went over to the UK was when this record came out and that was a huge spike in our career. A thousand people turning up to our shows was an absolute honour and a huge surprise.”
5. AGONY & IRONY (2008)
“Everything around this record was a really good time. We were on a major label for the first and only time – Epic Records – and we had a blast doing it together. It was the first record I’d made as a healthy, somewhat sober and coherent person, so that was pretty enjoyable.”
6. MAYBE I’LL CATCH FIRE (2000)
“This was written really quickly because we had a feeling that our drummer Glenn [Porter] probably wasn’t going to be in the band for much longer. It was a tough record to make, but also the fastest one we’d ever made. We wrote and recorded the whole thing in just two weeks.”
7. THIS ADDICTION (2010)
“I remember that we were doing a lot of drugs at this point. As a result, it was a really, really fun record for us to make, but totally not for very good reasons, if that makes sense. But one thing it is, like all Alkaline Trio records, the songs on there are really honest.”
8. MY SHAME IS TRUE (2013)
“I’m really proud of this record and working with [Descendents drummer] Bill Stevenson was definitely a career highlight. He’s one of my heroes. But it was during yet another break-up and a rather dark period of my personal life, so it’s a rather hard one for me to even look at.”
9. GOOD MOURNING (2003)
“This record has some of my favourite songs on it, but it was one of the more miserable times I’ve had in the studio and in my personal life. I was struggling with alcohol and a relationship that was falling apart, and I was really unhealthy and unhappy while we were doing this one.”
Words: Mischa Pearlman
Alkaline Trio’s new album Is This Things Cursed? is out now on Epitaph Records.