Punk Rock Trivia: The ska beginnings of Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) and Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio)

Punk Rock Trivia: The ska beginnings of Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) and Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio)

Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers. Today’s trivia is about the ska roots of two well-known punk bands, The Lawrence Arms and Alkaline Trio.

In 1993, Chicago ska-punk band Slapstick was formed by Brendan Kelly, who would later sing and play bass in The Lawrence Arms, and Dan Andriano, who would later sing and play bass in Alkaline Trio. The band released 2 full length albums and one compilation before their breakup in 1996, all on the famous ska label Asian Man Records.

What’s interesting to me about this band is that the music sounds nothing like what you would expect from the founding members of either of the aforementioned bands. The songs tend to be quite upbeat, horn-infested ska. I suppose you can see a little bit of early Lawrence Arms material coming from Kelly’s vocals and lyrics, but in a more Operation Ivy kind of way.

Check out a video of Slapstick at their 1997 reunion show here. Andriano and Kelly would later reunite to form The Falcon, along with Rise Against guitarist Todd Mahoney.

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