Before Chicago became known as the Mecca of pop-punk music, Chicago was known for Alkaline Trio. Having a very tight knit fan base and a unique sound that many bands have attempted to emulate, the trio has been releasing records and touring for the past ten years. Their last release, The Crimson received excellent reviews and featured a single “Time to Waste” that was cycled practically everywhere in the underground music scene. Don’t let the decade fool you, they’re still going strong.
Remains is something new for Alkaline Trio; It’s a 22 track compilation that sums up Alkaline Trio’s history as a band. Featuring B-Side, rare, live and split tracks from the band’s complete untouched discography, this is an album that should be taken as an introduction to Alkaline Trio to a new listener, or a must have for a veteran fan. From the beginning of this compilation to the end it’s very easy to sit and listen, something our generation isn’t really good at.
Alkaline Trio’s fans love the trio for many reasons; one of the bigger reasons is the amazing lyrical skills of front-man Matt Skiba, Remains features some of his best work. The DVD that comes with the compilation is filled with tour footage, making of the videos and music videos. Remains is a must buy for anyone who is interested in good music with murky lyrics.