Alkaline Trio’s latest album ‘My Shame Is True‘ can be found on shelves now courtesy of Epitaph Records. You can grab it online CD or Vinyl [Here]. This week Matt Skiba tells us a little about the album through our On The Record questions. Expand this post to check out his answers.
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Tell us about the release title..
We started writing songs for it/we wanted to make the best record we could, and there were tonnes of terrible / hilarious titles that are wildly offensive.
Tell us about the artwork.
I thought of the artwork based on an iPhone photo my girl sent me of the bike I bought her up and running. I knew we had our cover and I knew I wanted it to look a bit like ‘London Calling’ / a Smiths record whilst still making it our own.
What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
Digi-pak/180g vinyl/digital/limited deluxe edition
Who will it be released through, and when?
It was released on Epitaph / Heart&Skull back in March.
Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
We recorded at the Blasting Room in Ft Collins, CO. We wanted to make a record with Bill Stevenson and that’s his studio.
Tell us about the producer / engineer and why you chose to record with them?
We’re HUGE Bill Stevenson / Descendents / Black Flag fans and Bill is incredible in the studio and a really good friend and hero.
Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
Yes. make a killer, fun, punk inspired record.
Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
Teenage Head and Devo.
Were there any albums you were referencing to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
We just knew Bill would make us sound great. And I believe wholeheartedly that he did.
How long did you spend in the studio recording?
Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
We had a lot of fun and worked every day, all day. Not a moment was wasted.
Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
Every recording process is different in so many different ways.
Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
Tim from Rise Against and Brendan from Lawrence Arms. Best buddies from Chicago and great voices for their respective performances.
Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
Nope. All our stuff.
Any memorable studio moments?
The entire process was beautiful and hilarious and fun. I borrowed a friend’s Harley (i’m a Ducati man myself) and i would go riding through the mountains every morning. THAT was bitchin’.
Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
Nope. we tracked and released everything we had.
What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
All of em. we;’re very proud of this record.
How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
Anything else you want to say or about the release?
We love it. We love our fans.
Alkaline Trio – My Shame Is True
Available now via Epitaph Records.
Grab it on CD or Vinyl [Here].