Alkaline Trio announced a new album Is This Thing Cursed? that is to be released on CD/digital on August 31 and on vinyl on October 19. Pre-orders are available now at www.alkalinetrio.com .This is the band’s 9th studio release and their first new music in 5 years.
Watch the video for the band’s new song “Blackbird” below.
Produced and mixed by Cameron Webb, Is This Thing Cursed? is the first Alkaline Trio album written almost entirely in the studio. It’s when the songs began to come together that the band noticed the new material forming parallels with Maybe I’ll Catch Fire. According to the band, Is This Thing Cursed? is a cousin or sibling to Fire. Co-lead vocalist and bassist Dan Andriano explains, “the songwriting process is almost like what it was back in the day. We would just kind of write a song, be excited about it, then move on. We wrote in that spirit in the studio. I really feel like we made a record that the old school fans are going to dig.”
In June, Alkaline Trio announced a headlining US tour. Co-lead vocalist and guitarist Matt Skiba notes, “Some people thought we were done. We announced a tour and a lot of the shows are already sold out. Nobody knows that we made a new record. It’s not unlike getting somebody that you care about something extra super special for their birthday and you’re really excited to give it to them. It feels kind of like that.”
The August dates begin August 3 in Dallas, TX at The Bomb Factory and go throughout August 26 in Orlando, FL at House of Blues. The second leg picks-up on October 4 in Santa Ana, CA at The Observatory and will conclude on October 18 on Santa Cruz, at The Catalyst. Together PANGEA is on the tour as support.
Is This Thing Cursed? Track Listing:
1. Is This Thing Cursed?
3. Demon and Division
4. Little Help?
5. I Can’t Believe
6. Sweet Vampires
7. Pale Blue Ribbon
8. Goodbye Fire Island
10. Heart Attacks
11. Worn So Thin
12. Throw Me To The Lions
Aug 03 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
Aug 04 Austin, TX – Emo’s Austin
Aug 06 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Aug 08 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Aug 09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Aug 10 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Aug 11 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Aug 13 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
Aug 14 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
Aug 16 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Aug 17 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Aug 18 Boston, MA – House of Blues
Aug 19 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Aug 21 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
Aug 22 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Aug 24 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Aug 25 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Heaven
Aug 26 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
Oct 04 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Oct 05 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Oct 06 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
Oct 08 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Oct 09 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Oct 11 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Oct 12 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Oct 14 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 15 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Oct 16 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Oct 18 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
All dates with together PANGEA as support