Off The Record – ALBUM FOCUS – E.P, Alkaline Trio

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  Today we look at the brand new E.P by Alkaline Trio – e.p


Minds Like Minefields

This song is a punchy and adrenaline filled song to start an E.P with and whilst it is only three songs it opens up with such a unique sound that combines the new and old styles of Alkaline Trio that you wish that is was part of an album but having three new songs is a treat so lets take it for what it is. The song has the undertones of the melodies that make an Alkaline Trio track but throughout like a lot of their tracks it delves into complex and unique musical compositions that other bands would dare not to use. The piano starts to delve in an out of a daring drum beat and heavy guitar riffs part way through the song and at one point the keys on the piano are pressed on to make this sound of someone crashing into a piano and it creates a great metaphor of the madness A fantastic opening track by the band.



Radio Violence

This song is just a good hearty rock song that you would expect to find on an Alkaline Trio album. The lyrics are poetic and compliment the musical melodies that are being played in the background. Just like the first song, it echoes elements of their old music whilst also bringing it into a new world and chapter of the band.




Even though this is an EP Alkaline Trio have still managed to add all the elements to it that makes a great album by the band – a punchy opener, a rock enthused middle track and then a beautiful outro song. The last track on most Alkaline Trio albums have a more acoustic and emotional journey to the the track that you can feel through both the melodies and the lyrics and this track reflects all those good things. I am very happy that they created a song like Smokestack because even though this band are known for their punk rock stylings, their more stripped back songs are wonderful as well and it really does complete this EP.

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