The Alkaline Trio is an indie rock/punk/emo band from Chicago consisting of Matt Skiba (of Jerkwater) on guitar/vocals, Dan Andriano on bass/vocals, and Derek Grant on drums. Their music is characterized by morbid lyrics, catchy hooks, fast tempos and a recurring theme of alcoholism.
The band formed in 1997 (see 1997 in music). They began recording that year, and built up a sizable fanbase in the American Midwest. Their first LP was 1998's Goddamnit, followed by Maybe I'll Catch Fire in 2000 (Both on Asian Man Records). From Here to Infirmary was released in 2001 on Vagrant Records and was their first album to see any interest from alternative radio, with the semi-hit punk single "Stupid Kid". Their latest full-length album is Good Mourning, from 2003 (see 2003 in music). They have also appeared on various compilation albums notably Plea for Peace Vol. 1 & 2 as well as Vagrant Records: Another year on the streets Vol. 1,2, and 3, and Rock Against Bush Vol. 1. Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano have botha appeared on Asian Man Records Split Series with a few solo songs.
The Alkaline Trio are part of a large circle of Chicago punk/ska/hardcore bands that have some connection to the late, influential ska-punk band Slapstick. Other artists in this family tree include: The Broadways, Tuesday, The Lawrence Arms, The Honor System and, more tenuously, Florida's Less Than Jake.