With brand-new album This Addiction, Alkaline Trio has gone straight back to its original indie-punk template with markedly positive results. Free from a major-label deal that saw them a tad stunted for three albums, the band signed to legendary punk label Epitaph and reunited with producer Matt Allison. Allison manned the boards for AK3's three gold nuggets on Asian Man Records — Goddamnit, Maybe I'll Catch Fire and From Here to Infirmary — and although the band's current sound isn't exactly new, it does see them going back to the rawer, truer form that brought them aboveground in the first place. Alkaline initially intended to release Addiction themselves, à la Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, but Epitaph honcho Brett Gurewitz offered them a deal and the option of starting their own offshoot imprint instead of going rogue. They took it.
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