Rating – 4/5
Their tour may be canceled in the wake of Coronavirus, but Alkaline Trio keeps the candle burning with a surprise three-track EP, creatively titled… “E.P” bringing a whole new meaning to the tradition of self-titled, well, EP’s.
‘Minds like Minefields’ is a straight punk jam with high energy playing and a dreamy, ambient middle section that builds to a really satisfying finish.
‘Radio Violence’ is a choppy, jaunty track that wouldn’t be out of place playing in the background on Tony Hawk game; just a hint of ska peeks in through the track, at any point I was waiting for the horn section to kick in with a brassy accompaniment.
Finally, we round off with ‘Smokestack’, the familiar tones of Greenday’s ‘Time Of Your Life’ bleed through this nice acoustic track as Matt Skiba laments and celebrates the bad old days of youth, excess, and drinking; whilst acknowledging that they made him who he is.
It’s a great attitude that the band brings to the table with “E.P”; tour’s cancelled? No problem, enjoy these tracks instead; a nice little trio of songs to whet the appetites of the fans in anticipation of the tour when the world gets back on track. It might be unfair to review this as a complete body of work like a completed album but there’s definitely enjoyment to be had, and an insight into the band’s state of mind during their, hopefully brief, hiatus. Go stream the tracks and enjoy it.
Review by Theo Wildgoose