From their upcoming April 2nd, release, My Shame is True, Alkaline Trio just released their second single, “The Tempation of St. Anthony”. Unlike their last full-length, This Addiction, “Tempation” leans more toward the dark and ironic, favoring a sound last heard on the bands fifth studio album, Crimson. “Temptaion” starts off small and builds to a big chorus with haunting harmonies and Trio’s signature drum fills. It’s all more of the same in many ways, but after the crazy detour that was This Addiction, more of the same is more than welcomed. My personal favorite moment of “The Tempation of St. Anthony” comes in the nightmarish bridge; starting with a pensive bass solo that fades into singer Matt Skiba’s wailing, “You haven’t lived till you’ve seen suffering like this.” It’s predictable, maybe, but ultimately, just perfect.
In a recent Billboard interview, here, Skiba talks about writing this and other songs, and suggests some of the bands’ best tunes write themselves. That’s fine with me, really. As long as they continue writing, I will be a pair of ears eager for listening.