Alternative rock band Alkaline Trio were recently the featured guests at 98.7-FM's Penthouse, an exclusive concert series hosted by Los Angeles-based radio station KYSR-FM at the historic Hollywood Tower in Hollywood, Calif. Before an intimate crowd, Alkaline Trio performed a set featuring tracks from their new album, My Shame Is True, including "I'm Only Here To Disappoint" and "She Lied To The F.B.I.," among others.
Prior to the performance, Alkaline Trio participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com and discussed the story behind their latest album, common themes in their music and their follow-up EP Broken Wing.
"The underlying theme of [My Shame Is True] is shame," said vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba. "I was ashamed of myself for the way I treated this relationship and handled the way we split up. I started … blowing it onstage. … That was the basis of all the stories on the record. I wrote every single song for the girl that is actually on the cover of the record."
Formed in Chicago in 1997, Alkaline Trio released a short EP, For Your Lungs Only, before issuing their full-length debut, 1998's Goddamnit! The album's anti-authority rants and tales of heartbreak helped earned the band a modest fan base before they followed with 2000's Maybe I'll Catch Fire and 2001's From Here To Infirmary, the latter of which peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart. Alkaline Trio experienced more mainstream success with their following releases, including Crimson (2005), Agony & Irony (2008) and This Addiction (2010), the latter of which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, marking the trio's highest-charting album to date.
Released April 2, My Shame Is True features 12 songs written by Skiba as an "apology letter and love note to Rosie," a girl with whom he was in a three-year relationship. The album was co-produced by Jason Livermore and the Descendents' Bill Stevenson and peaked at No. 6 on the Independent Albums chart. Alkaline Trio — also comprising bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano and drummer Derek Grant — are currently in the midst of an international tour with dates scheduled through November.