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Ask seasoned songwriters what helps in putting together a great album, and more often than not they’ll say heartbreak. Alkaline Trio’s ninth studio LP is overflowing with such emotional purging. Frontman and guitarist Matt Skiba has said he envisioned singing a lengthy apology note to his ex-girlfriend when recording My Shame Is True (with its title a nod to Elvis Costello's 1977 debut, My Aim Is True). In the leadoff song, “She Lied to the FBI,” Skiba contrasts near-confectionary punk-pop with lyrics alluding to his self-imprisonment. He takes the blame for getting dumped by singing, “I’m doing time for you.” The following “I Wanna Be a Warhol” is the album’s salient hit. With catchy barbed pop hooks, Skiba dreams of morphing into the silkscreened Andy Warhol art that hangs in his muse’s bedroom. It’s hard not to compare the bonus track “Pocket Knife” to songs by The Strokes—it’s got post-punk rhythms, stuttered guitar riffs, and some of that Julian Casablancas–style vocal distortion.

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Biography

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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