It’s been 11 years since Alkaline Trio released their first full-length album, Goddamnit. In that time, they’ve toured the world, sold over a million records, and expanded their sound radically beyond their original straight-ahead punk style. Now with This Addiction, their seventh album and first for 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,” says singer/guitarist Matt Skiba “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.” To recapture the sound of the early days, the band took a less-is-more approach on this record, keeping the keyboard to a minimum and sticking to the guitar-driven slash and burn that has made them a household name.