Love. Alcoholism. Depression. Fire. Drugs. Blasphemy. Death.
Those are the usual song topics covered by Alkaline Trio through their previous five albums, starting with 1998's now-classic Goddamnit on pioneering indie Asian Man Records through 2005's Crimson, the band's last album for Vagrant Records.
And while you can expect more of the same on Agony and Irony, the band's major label debut for Epic Records, produced by Josh Abraham [Linkin Park, Slayer, Atreyu, 30 Seconds to Mars] at his L.A.-based Pulse Recording, founding member Matt Skiba, bassist/co-songwriter Dan Andriano and drummer Derek Grant insist they have found a light at the end of the tunnel this time.