Chicago’s Alkaline Trio is a band that knows how to weather difficult times. As many of us stay at home in some for of isolation, the band has decided to go ahead and drop their new three song single. Known simply as E.P. the songs within offer that punch the band is known for while not getting too wild at the same time.
While the opener falls closer to the band’s earlier sounds, “Mines Like Minefields” works as a proper way to get this EP started. The energy is high and the “ooh aaahs” are on full display. The second track “Radio Violence” harkens to a more speedy Rancid or something like that. The song definitely stays within the three piece’s catalog, while the pop punk touches keep the song in your head after it plays. The final track “Smokestack” however is an acoustic lead song that really opens the band’s sound. Closer to something for a larger audience, the hooks alone will make anyone who hears the song a fan of what they’re up to here.
E.P. is available to stream on all streaming sites or to purchase from all digital outlets now. You can also preorder the songs on a limited run seven inch vinyl directly from Epitaph Records before its release on May 01. The band’s co-headline tour with Bad Religion has been postponed with new information on the new dates coming soon.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of Epitaph Records.