By RYAN RITCHIE
Alkaline Trio plays the Warfield on Wednesday.
Alkaline Trio needs your help. Since Oct. 4, the threesome (singer/bassist Dan Andriano, drummer Derek Grant and singer/guitarist Matt Skiba) has been asking fans what songs they should play on their upcoming tour (which begins Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Warfield). While it's a nice sentiment to ask ticket-buyers what they want to hear, the band could have saved a lot of time and energy by asking me -- since, let's face it, I know everything.
Okay, maybe I don't know everything, but I do know Alkaline Trio. The first time I saw the group was in 1999 at a warehouse near the Port of Los Angeles. My band opened, and since then my musical endeavors have produced jack shit, while Alkaline Trio has released eight full-length records, two compilation discs, and an acoustic album of the group's best-known material. Them's alotta songs to choose from, especially for fans who haven't spent half their lives singing along to "Nose Over Tail." That's where I come in.
Here are two songs from every Alkaline Trio release (not counting EPs) that should be played on this upcoming tour, as dictated by a guy who's spent way too much time listening to the band.