Alkaline Trio brought their brand of genius lyrics and angelic harmonies to a packed House of Blues last night. With such delicate insight and raging hooks, the Chicago group was ready to show off its latest songs, along with a huge handful of older favorites.
The trio sounded polished and poised, with a keen insight on how to work an audience. They tore into their long set with “This Addiction,” the title track to their latest album. The guys played several songs from the new album, including “Dine Dine My Darling.” They also made a point to rally their adoring fans with some of their dark and poignant pieces, like “Fatally Yours” and “Nose Over Tail.”
Alkaline Trio offer every bit of charisma onstage as they do on record. The well-placed harmonies were spot-on live, perhaps even more gripping than they are on the albums.
For old-school fans, Alkaline Trio pulled out “97,” “Mr. Chainsaw” and “100 Stories.” They even satisfied less-ravenous fans with great versions of “Sadie,” “Radio” and “Fuck You Aurora.”
After their original set was over, the group took a break to wipe down and returned for a rousing encore. Alkaline Trio changed things up a bit here: Singer Matt Skiba sat behind drums and drummer Derek Grant sang (Dan Andriano remained on bass). The guys whipped the audience into a near riot with a cover of the Misfits' “Attitude,” and with that triumphant bow, Alkaline Trio closed the night. —Jara Anton
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