Live Review: Alkaline Trio @ The Leadmill


Words and photography by Natalie Wood

Rock band The Dear & Departed got the crowd in the mood for what was going to be a spectacular night. The band have toured with Alkaline Trio before so knew all the tricks to engaging the crowd of a punk show.

Dave Hause was definitely the unexpected hit of the night. Playing an acoustic set that kept the hardcore punk fans entertained and gaining a few new fans in the process. He even shared his bottle of wine with the audience.

Before Alkaline Trio took to the stage the atmosphere of the sell out date changed. People were pushing forwards and into any spot in which they could see the stage. Extra security were brought in and when frontman Matt Skiba came on stage you could see why.

Alkaline Trio made their 15th anniversary gig one for the crowd to remember, playing tracks spanning their back catalogue with old classics such as Goodbye Forever and a few tracks from last years album Damnesia. The band may have changed line ups a few times throughout its 15 year career but Matt, Dan Andriano and Derek Grant all played with such passion and fun that it’s easy to see why they are kings of the punk genre. The audience sang along to all the songs and got pretty excited when Matt engaged with them, they also looked on in awe and respect when Matt and Dan played any solos.

It may have been a rescheduled gig but Alkaline Trio were well received and loved by the Sheffield crowd with the support bands commenting they’d definitely by coming back in the future. It’s pretty easy to see from many sell out gigs that Alkaline Trio will be sticking around the music industry for many more years to come.



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