But you have this constant fan duel when two vocalists are involved. Much like how Blink 182 people gravitate towards Mark or Tom, the same is true with the Trio. The true chemical alkaline saga of Matt and Danny is extraordinary, due to the fact their fans are rabid and “religiously” devoted. More importantly, there is always some record in the works with one of the members. While Damnesia is coming out this summer, apparently another Skiba project is in the works according to Twitter. Blah blah blah…not important now however (this Derek fan doesn’t argue).
Here’s the goods: Dan Andriano In the Emergency Room is going to be the latest Chuck Ragan/Ben Nichols/Jim Ward “I’m playing acoustic folk without my band” deal. Hurricane Season is slated for an August 9 release from another extended member of the Trio-mafia, Asian Man Records.
How about a sneak peak from the recent Floridian? We have “Hallow Sounds.” For one thing, Andriano isn’t afraid to play loudly as his solid strong strumming plays over a nice folk-esque melody throughout. He isn’t afraid of his vocal range or what critics say about him. To be even more genuine, it’s not super-polished. The “um’s,” “wanna’s,” and “ain’t’s” are out in the open. The romanticism of Alkaline Trio is their clever lyrics draped in Misfits aura. The same appears here in Danny’s typical metaphorical fashion as he says, “I wanna light you up/ take you deep inside my lungs/ maybe you can shine your light inside on all the damage that I’ve done/ maybe one day we might just get me fixed or at least better understand why I’m always getting sick.” Clearly there would be no Bayside without the Trio.
Back in 2010, demos of “Me and Denver,” “This Light,” and “It’s Gonna Rain All Day” were up on his MySpace for listening consumption. They seemed to be more rough but beautifully sung with emphasis. However, those songs’ whereabouts and formats today are unknown. It’s not as if “Hallow Sounds” and “Hurricane Season” are not of the same caliber. It’s just too early now to make a judgment call about the record- or if those songs may appear (no track listing appears to date).
Now while Alkaline Trio’s catalogue is extensive and almost overwhelming, this is another one for the growing discography list. Even if folk side projects are the de jour d’scene (Dallas Green, Anthony Green, and oh so many more but let’s stop here), the obvious winning combination is pro-folk and anti-garbage. However, Hurricane Season seems to be setting its own path’s edge as a standalone record even with all his credibility behind him. The cover art of a washed-out white fence with red doors tells us all we need to know: yes, it’s been a while, but what is on the other side?