Saturday, December 18, 2010

Song of the Day 5: Alkaline Trio - San Fransisco

In Alkaline Trio's earlier days, Matt Skiba could have easily been labeled as one of the greatest lyricists in punk rock. On his group's debut LP, Goddamnit, he sings about hate, love, drugs, and drunken mistakes - everything that would become the band's forte. Arguably the best track on the record, "San Fransisco" contains everything that makes Alkaline Trio so alluring. Skiba's heartfelt and passionate shouts for his hometown break the rough exterior that he creates with the angrier tracks on the record, showing a different side to him. It's his ability to express himself so easily, but with such lyrical finesse that makes him one of the best in the industry. Now if he could only bring back the writer we knew from his early years.

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