Album Review

Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True

Released April 2, 2013
Emily Meister

My Shame Is True is the 9th full-length album from “cult punk rock heroes” Alkaline Trio. Recorded with producer Bill Stevenson in Fort Collins, Colorado, the album was available one week before the release date via an online stream from SPIN and was accompanied by an interview with front man Matt Skiba.

Most of the songs hold true to Alkaline Trio’s relatively dark, poetic lyrical style, and many listeners feel that the tracks are more personal than those on previous records. In the interview, Skiba discusses the personal feel of the album and attributes it to a recent break up. “I just wrote this one more as like a love letter to my ex-girlfriend or an apology note set to music.”

Additionally, Skiba told SPIN that he approached writing this album just as he has approached the band’s previous work; “I wrote it in a way that I've always tried to stick to, the way we used to write when no one was listening or we didn't think anyone would hear it.” Perhaps this attitude is the reason that Alkaline Trio has been consistently capable of paying homage to the punk rock roots from which their band was born while simultaneously highlighting their signature, beautifully macabre, writing style.

My Shame Is True features twelve songs and some familiar additional voices. Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms and Slapstick can be heard on the album’s first single, “I Wanna Be A Warhol” (see the official music video). Also, long-time friend and Rise Against vocalist Tim Mcllrath provides vocals on “I, Pessimist.”

In addition to the video for “I Wanna Be A Warhol,” the band has released a black and white studio video for “I, Pessimist” as well as lyric videos for “The Torture Doctor” and “The Temptation of St. Anthony.” All of the band’s videos can be found on the Epitaph Records Youtube Channel.

Alkaline Trio will be on tour starting in late April with two stops in Ohio. Newport Music Hall in Columbus will host the band on May 26th and on the 28th they can be seen in Cleveland at the House of Blues. For additional tour dates, check out Alkaline Trio’s Facebook page.