Derek Grant of Alkaline Trio releasing debut album Breakdown in January

Music News | Nov 25th, 2014

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Drummer Derek Grant of Alkaline Trio will be releasing his debut album Breakdown on January 20th via Red Scare Industries. Breakdown is now available for pre-order through

These eight tracks were written in Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, Detroit, and New York City while Grant was going through a divorce and dealing with life’s other demons, such as substance abuse. Recorded on a laptop at various friends’ houses and random motels throughout 2008-2009, this collection of songs was an outlet to express feelings, provide therapy, and kickstart the healing process, which would later aid with his recovery, especially since Grant translated his emotions through every instrument on the recording.

With hints of haunting rock, dashes of Americana, and a trace of ’80s New Wave, Grant has created one of the most diverse albums to come out of the underground music scene in quite some time. From uncertainty (“Waiting For The End of The World”) to depression (“Love Is A Bad Dream”) to temptation (“Lucy”), to substance abuse (“You Don’t Know”), he wears his heart on his sleeve. Breakdown ultimately documents his divorce as it unfolds.

Derek Grant is an iconic drummer in the punk rock world. He has been the man behind the kit for Alkaline Trio since 2001 and has also played in The Vandals and The Suicide Machines. In addition, he has even filled in on guitar for Face To Face and The Gaslight Anthem. His debut album Breakdown will be released on January 20, 2015.

A few record release shows are in the pipeline. Stay tuned for dates!


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