Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba Gets Personal on My Shame Is True: "It's a Pretty F*#$in' Morose Album"

Chicago-bred pop-punk outfit Alkaline Trio has, over the past 20 years or so, gone from being a band with a unique take on a genre to being a veritable punk-rock institution. Having recently released its ninth studio album, My Shame Is True, the band employs a formula of fusing the most macabre of lyrics with only the catchiest of choruses. This potent formula has delivered the trio to the incredibly rare air of late-career critical acclaim, something more or less unprecedented in the disposable world of punk rock.

New Times spoke with lead singer, guitarist, songwriter, and figurehead Matt Skiba about all the crap you have to go through to create a sonic masterpiece, about balancing his roles as a solo artist and a band member, and about the joys of high-displacement Italian motorcycles.

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David Von Bader