Alkaline Trio has signed with Epitaph Records. The band will be self releasing the album on their own label Heart & Skull, and joint releasing it with Epitaph Records. This seems to be a pattern with a lot of bands lately. Go from a small indie record label, get signed to a major label, and then go back to an indie label or self release the album. What punk bands should learn is not to sign to a major label, because you’ll just end up back on an indie label anyway…
It’s been 11 years since Alkaline Trio released their first full-length album, Goddamnit. In that time, they’ve been signed to three different labels and expanded their sound beyond their original straight-ahead punk style, incorporating more melody and production. Now, with the pending release of their seventh album on their newly formed Heart & Skull label — a joint venture with Epitaph — the Chicago rockers are heading back to their roots.
“This record is a rock record but our punk rock upbringing definitely shines through, more so than our last few records,” singer/guitarist Matt Skiba tells Spinner. “The vibe is similar to our humble beginnings. It’s a step forward but I also think it has glimmers of our past in it.”