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Brendan Kelly (Lawrence Arms) and Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio) announce solo shows

Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms and Derek Grant of Alkaline Trio have announced they will be playing a short run of east coast solo shows together in January.

You can check out the dates and locations below.

Kelly’s latest solo release was a split 7″ with Sam Russo, which came out last May through Red Scare Industries. Grant will be putting out a new split 7″ with Dan Cribb of The Decline on December 11th.

Derek Grant and Dan Cribb announce split 7-inch; stream new songs

Alkaline Trio‘s Derek Grant and The Isolated‘s Dan Cribb are teaming up together for an acoustic split 7-inch. The EP will feature three new songs by each artist, and will be available on December 11, 2015 through Pee Records. You can pre-order the release here.

The artists are each streaming a new song from the split. You can listen to “Love Because” and “This Is Closure” by Grant and Cribb, respectively, below

Suicide Machines announce tour with Break Anchor, Derek Grant and Bastardous

Ska punk legends Suicide Machines have announced a Midwestern and East Coast tour with Break Anchor, Derek Grant and Bastardous, which will take place in April. On this tour, The Suicide Machines will perform their 1996 classic album Destruction By Definition in its entirety, and will be joined by Grant on drums, who was a member of the band from 1992 to 1998. The dates and locations are below.

The Suicide Machines have not released an album since 2005’s War Profiteering Is Killing Us All, but we’ll keep you posted as details on new material come to light. Break Anchor finished recording a new album last December, and Derek Grant released his solo debut album Breakdown a month ago.

Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio) and Dan Cribb (ex-The Decline) announce Australian shows

Alkaline Trio’s Derek Grant has announced that he will be going down under to play two Australian launch dates with former vocalist of The Decline, Dan Cribb. Both artists will be touring in support of new solo material. You can check out the dates and locations on the tour poster below.

Grant released his debut album Breakdown on January 20, 2015 via Red Scare Industries. Cribb, meanwhile, has been working with his new band Dan Cribb and The Isolation and will release his new single “The Last Time” on February 17, 2015. 

Album Review: Derek Grant – “Breakdown”


Derek Grant‘s Breakdown is exactly what the title says- it is about the crumbling realities that plague our interpersonal ecosystems. It is the reflections on breakups and the emotions inherit in them. It makes for a great eight-track LP from the multi-instrumentalist who has backed the rest of Alkaline Trio on drums since 2001.

Upbeat sadness is what I like to say about Breakdown. There is a sadness and the period of mourning for many after personal relationships go sour. That dark feeling that barely gets you out of bed in the late afternoon. What Grant has on this album is the next step in the process of moving on. Upbeat sadness.

“Waiting For The End Of The World” is a critique of that feeling of stale relationships. That time when it’s not that you dislike the person, but is there anyway to chew the bear trap off your limb and get away without violence. “Got A Feeling” has my favorite line of the album: “Fight for your life/fight for your love.” Beautiful.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that it sounds a bit like Alkaline Trio. Or that Matt Skiba is a shadow in the recording studio, maybe. It does sound like Alkaline Trio, but it’s not as simple as that. You can hear bands that Grant has played with: Face to Face, The Vandals, and, nearly as prominent as Alkaline Trio or The Gaslight Anthem. “Love Is A Bad Dream” knocks you on your ass, because we have all had those dreams. “When I sleep, it makes me want to scream.”

Derek Grant is hurting, but he filters it into themes we can all relate to. This does not dilute his message, but reinforces that those isolating feelings you have creeping into the back of your head are normal. Derek Grant’s Breakdown tells us that it’s okay to hurt, but hurting with a purpose can lead to brighter futures and experiences that renew the soul.

3.5 /5

Derek Grant streams new solo album “Breakdown”

Alkaline Trio drummer Derek Grant is streaming his solo album Breakdown in its entirety below.

The album was released on January 20, 2015 via Red Scare Industries.

Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio) streams new song “Got a Feeling”

Alkaline Trio drummer Derek Grant has premiered another new song off his upcoming solo album Breakdown. Stream the song, “Got a Feeling” here.

Breakdown will be released on January 20, 2015 via Red Scare Industries.

Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio) streams new song “Good Long Look”

Alkaline Trio drummer Derek Grant has premiered another new song off his upcoming country-tinged solo album Breakdown. Stream the song, “Good Long Look” here.

Grant will also embark on a short solo tour (mainly around Illinois) to promote this album. The dates can be viewed below.

Breakdown will be released on January 20th via Red Scare Industries.

Single Review: Derek Grant – “Love Is a Bad Dream”

Having played with the likes of Alkaline Trio, The Suicide Machines The Vandals, and Walls of Jericho, it’s safe to say that Derek Grant is a veteran drummer of the punk scene. But what happens when a drummer like Grant picks up other instruments and records songs all by himself? The “Love Is a Bad Dream” single is what happens. The single acts as a precursor to Grant’s upcoming solo album (which will be released in January 2015), presenting a different side to him that doesn’t often get heard from behind the drumkit.

Since Grant is primarily recognized as a drummer, he has free reign to do pretty much whatever he wants here, musically speaking, without having to worry about endless comparisons to his main band. And he takes full advantage of that, showing off his guitar chops and going in a sonic direction that could be described as “singer-songwriter heavily influenced by the 80’s”. If you’ve heard some of Grant’s MySpace demos from a few years ago, you can kind of know what to expect.

“Love Is a Bad Dream” is a midtempo rocker, with twangy guitars all around, minimal distortion, and lyrical downers such as “Every nightmare starts with you back in my arms” and “Lying here in bed, the pills do me no good / wishing I could die, I know you wish I would”. This is the type of song that would make a great soundtrack to a late night alone with Jack Daniels.

The B-side “Don’t Marry Me”, on the other hand, sounds something straight out of a John Hughes film, if John Hughes films ended with the main characters breaking up. The lack of the slide guitar, and the driving synth, give the song a slightly more upbeat (or at least more of an ‘in-your-face’) feel, although the lyrics and Grant’s low rasp keep it grounded in the same misery that make up the A-side.

“Love Is a Bad Dream” offers a taste of what to expect off of Grant’s upcoming record, Break Down, and while it’s a surprisingly good taste, it’s also a very small one. With only two songs, the replay value begins to shrink after the fifth or sixth listen in a row (admittedly, this could just be a personal complaint). But aside from that, this is a good introduction of what to expect when you give the drummer some.

3.5 / 5 Stars

RIYL: Ryan Adams, Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves, Sam Russo