Would you care to elaborate at all on what you had been going through that influenced the record?

I went through a really painful and both monetarily and emotionally expensive divorce. I don't want to bad-mouth anybody, but I had things said about me that weren't true — like really fucking bad things to people that I respect. Anyone that knows me knows that they weren't true, and I usually don't care what anybody thinks, but you have someone going around telling all of their girlfriends that you beat the shit out of them and it's real easy for people to believe that the man is the bad guy. People want to believe that.

So that, and of course just the failure of the marriage and all of this like, bitterness and anger and hurt that was involved just really sucked me dry, and I just started self-medicating like really badly. And then I met a new girl, and I was with her for three years, and right before we started writing this record, the whole thing went to pot. The record tells the story, but it was just like a one-two punch to like my whole being. You know, I wasn't in Afghanistan getting shot at or anything, but it's relative; it still hurts. It's what I know. And it was horribly painful for me, and I'm glad that it's over, I'm glad that we got some good music out of it, and that we're all healthier and happier and now we get to go out and party with everyone and play the songs.

Alkaline Trio: "The more normal people look, the more fucked-up they probably are."
Jonathan Weiner
Alkaline Trio: "The more normal people look, the more fucked-up they probably are."

Location Info


Revolution Live

100 SW 3rd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Category: Music Venues

Region: Fort Lauderdale


Alkaline Trio, with Bayside. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $19.99 in advance and $24 at the door. Call 954-449-1025.

There is a café racer on the cover of the new album, and I know you ride motorcycles, correct?

There's the café bike — the girl on the bike is actually my ex-girlfriend — and the record I wrote to her, and it's about our relationship, all of my songs anyway. But the bike is a '77 CB200 that I bought her for our one-year anniversary. It's a bitchin' little bike.

What do you ride?

I have a Ducati 1000cc bike that looks like a late '60s-like Desmo. People have no idea what it is. They think it's an old bike, and then they hear me turn it on and they're like "Whoa!" It's a black bike, but it has like a racing stripe, I have a number plate on it. Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you things that make you happy! Riding a bike has changed my life for the better and helped me clean my act up, because you can't be riding a bike around fucked-up. I was out all day today just terrorizing Los Angeles on that thing!

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