Alkaline Trio at Alex's Bar Last Night
Nov. 13, 2010
I can't put my finger on it. Alkaline Trio is a three-piece punk band with a straightforward sound whose songs don't bear any unusual or quirky arrangements or elaborate instrumentation. Yet last night they hit the tiny stage at Alex's like a cyclone and thoroughly killed it. Take note, all you bands who want to make it as a three piece, watch how A.T. do it. At no point during their 19-song set did they sound poorly mixed or less than beefy.
Part of this was due to the fact that every person in the packed bar seemed to know the words to every song and raised their voices with vigor. The performance benefited from this in two ways: the massive sense of community vibrating through the room fed the band's energy, and each song, with its catchy anthemic hooks, was augmented by the chorus of voices.
Not to be outdone, bassist Rob Dornan led the charge on several songs including the sentimental rocker "Another Innocent Girl" off 2001's From Here to Infirmary. Looking a bit like a taller version of actor Stanley Tucci, Dornan doesn't have the same presence as Skiba but he definitely has the more distinctive voice. A throaty croon, it's reminiscent of '90s power pop band The Smoking Popes.
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