“Never give up. Never, never give up!. We shall go on to the end.” – Winston Churchill
We may have failed in our attempt to get a full band interview and our proposed phoner got canceled for reasons that’re best not discussed but, as always, we persevered. Trio bassist, Dan Andriano, agreed to answer some of our questions via email. Cool. We talked a little bit about touring, new projects and got him to answer the all important question. Our thanks go out to Dan for taking time out of his day to answer our questions.
I’ll tell you something, this went a whole lot better than our last email interview.
Anthony Barlow: How’s it going?
Dan Andriano: Going pretty well, thanks. Trying to get in some relaxation here in Nottingham, before soundcheck and all that.
AB: How’s the tour been?
DA: Our shows have been really fun, but it’s also been really long. Three weeks in Europe, two in the UK, then back to Europe for a few days. I’d be lying if I said I
wasn’t feeling a little drained. Being overseas is a great time for us, but it’s harder for me to stay in touch with home, which makes touring a little more taxing
mentally. I get crazy homesick, but our shows are great here so it’s definitely worth it.
Ian Critchley: Do you find touring hard now that you’re a family man? Being away from them for extended periods of time must be hard.
DA: It definitely adds a whole new dynamic to being on tour. My daughter is changing everyday and it kills me to not be around for some of it but, this is what I do, it’s
what I love to do, so I think I’ll be able to do both for quite a while.
AB: What do you think to the reception of the new album?
DA: So far, so good. People seem to dig it. We had a really good and easy time making this record, I think that translates well when listening to the record and people seem to be responding well at shows.
IC: Which Trio album is your favorite and why?
DA: That’s kind of always changing, but right now This Addiction is my favorite because it’s still new and exciting.
AB: Derek mentioned something about the possibility of a “covers album” coming in the future. Can you elaborate on that?
DA: We’re always talking about different stuff we can do just because we love to play music, who knows if that will ever come together or not. We hope so.
IC: You have had quite a few split releases. Are there any new ones on the way?
DA: Nothing currently, but you never know. We’re always making new friends that we may try and team up with in the future.
IC: Is their any possibility of a Falcon UK tour? How about some new Falcon material?
DA: The Falcon is pretty much entirely Brendan Kelly. He writes the songs and organizes the shows and all that. I’m not even really in the band right now, it’s kind of a revolving cast of characters, whoever’s available at the time ya know? I would love to do more stuff with him at some point though.
IC: Is there any news on The Emergency Room?
DA: Unfortunately, no. I want to turn it into a band sooner than later, and I haven’t really had time lately to get that together.
IC: Do you think there’ll ever be a ‘Dan fronted’ Trio single?
DA: I don’t see why not, but, at the same time, that’s not the kind of thing that’s very important to us. We’re not concerned with who’s singing the singles, that’s just a distraction.
AB: Do you ever see yourself getting too old for punk rock?
DA: I’m already too old for punk rock… But I’ll never be too old to do what I want with my life.
IC: Is there any music/film/literature you would like to recommend?
DA: Anything by Wes Anderson, Ryan Adams, John Steinbeck, Alfred Hitchcock, Led Zeppelin, and Yo Gabba Gabba.
AB: If Chuck Ragan, Henry Rollins and a Shark had a fight, who would win?
DA: That’s ridiculous… Chuck
AB: Finally, what’s next for Alkaline Trio?
DA: Lotsa shows. Come on out and see us.