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Damnesia dips back into Alkaline Trio’s 15-year output for most of its selections, reconsidering familiar material with an often-inspired touch. In the past, the punk-pop combo has traded in a jittery, melodically brisk sound that uses bursts of abrasion to keep its emotional pleadings from sounding like mere complaints. Here, they rework such aggressive material as “Every Thug Needs a Lady” and “Private Eye” as acoustic-driven numbers, retaining much of their bite while bringing out their inherent bittersweet charm. Singer/guitarist Mike Skiba finds new ways to tap into the conflicted emotions within his songs, supported by Derek Grant’s protean drum work and Dan Andriano’s agile bass. The three of them bring a sense of maturity to early Alkaline tunes like “Clavicle” and “Radio”, adding layers of meaning beyond the venom and angst embedded in the original versions. Adding to Damnesia’s impact is a pair of vigorous new tunes (“Olde English 800,””I Remember a Rooftop”), along with a galvanizing, country-tinged cover of the Violent Femmes’ “I Held Her In My Arms”.

Customer Reviews

Different, but great!

Well, this is different from their previous stuff, but really is a great listen!
Trio have proven, yet again, that they deserve greater recognition. This album has a rather intimate feel / sound to it, and I would recommend it to any fans and newcomers alike! Well done :)

Top class stuff from one of the most underrated bands out there

Intimate, classy yet still simply trio... Buy it

A great addition to any Trio collection

I've really enjoyed this album, from 1st track when "Here it is again" bursts through a light piano solo through to the new tracks.
As a massive fan who owns probably 99% of the Trio's work (including singles, EPs and albums) I was impressed with this effort. I usually get very annoyed with remix/rehash albums, especially when songs are re-recorded "Featuring ..." another record label stablemate or when the band cover another artist but this is the other side of Alkaline Trio and has something of a personal touch.

I wouldn't recommend this to a new fan as it doesn't represent the usually indie/punk/rock/alternative output but its really good to hear Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano's voice in its gravelly and pure best - If you really enjoyed this stuff have a look for the acoustic versions of other Alkaline Trio songs.

This album is great on my acoustic-style playlist and fits in well. I especially like that these are the lesser known tracks - but also my favourites - like 'Clavicle', 'Calling All Skeletons' and 'Mercy Me'. I really enjoyed the alternative acoustic version of 'Private Eye' which has some interesting vocal alterations and backing vocals.


Formed: 1997 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed by ex-Jerkwater and Traitors drummer Matt Skiba (vocals/guitar), former 88 Fingers Louie percussionist Glenn Porter, and Rob Doran (bass/vocals), Alkaline Trio was brought together in 1997 by heartbreak, angst, and the companionship of drinking. The original lineup issued a short EP, For Your Lungs Only, just prior to Doran's departure in late 1997, and Sundials followed one year later on Johann's Face Records. Slapstick's Dan Andriano climbed aboard to handle bass duties, adding a complementary...
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