Hailing from the McHenry suburb of Chicago, Illinois, Alkaline Trio deal in raucous skate punk and drink-fuelled heartache, while ploughing a fiercely independent, underground and alternative furrow. Formed by front-man Matt Skiba in 1996, the band became cult heroes across the Midwest of America with the early albums Goddamnit (1998), Maybe I'll Catch Fire (2000) and From Here To Infirmary (2001), before enhancing their reputation as a support act for Blink 182. Inspired by the likes of Green Day and The Ramones, their brash pop punk made a major breakthrough when fourth album Good Mourning (2003) shot to Number 20 in the US and single We've Had Enough made the Top 40. Inspired by tragic Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, their single Help Me gave the band their finest moment, reaching Number 14 in the US, with the album Agony & Irony (2008) producing a beefed-up, darker sound and peaking at Number 13. Seventh studio album This Addiction (2010) took a turn back to the adrenaline rush of their two-minute punk roots and used the theme of love to create their best-received and most successful album to date.
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