Hailing from the McHenry suburb of Chicago, Illinois, Alkaline Trio deal in raucous heartache while ploughing a fiercely independent, underground and alternative furrow. Formed by front man Matt Skiba in 1996, the band became cult heroes across the Midwest of America with early albums 'Goddamnit' (1998), 'Maybe I'll Catch Fire' (2000) and 'From Here to Infirmary' (2001), before enhancing their reputation as a support act for Blink 182. Inspired by the likes of Green Day and Ramones, their brash pop punk made a major breakthrough when fourth album 'Good Mourning' (2003) shot to number 20 in the US and the single 'We've Had Enough' made the top 40. Inspired by Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, their single 'Help Me' gave the band their finest moment, reaching number 14 in the US, with the album 'Agony & Irony' (2008) producing a beefed-up, darker sound and peaking at number 13. Their seventh studio album 'This Addiction' (2010) took a turn back to the adrenaline rush of their punk roots and used the theme of love to create their best-received and most successful album to date. They followed this up with 'My Shame Is True' in 2013 and 'Is This Thing Cursed?', their ninth record, in 2018.