Instead of gushing, I will simply say that the new Alkaline Trio album, Agony & Irony, their first since signing with Epic, is absolutely their best to date. Their trademark dark lyrics are contrasted by some of the catchiest choruses I've heard all year so far, and they're poised to finally take over the rock world.
With that said, some idiots on their myspace page are complaining about the new material and think the band sold out and will now be followed by 14-year-old girls.
The band did not sell out or dramatically change their sound at all. If you listen to their catalog from Goddamnit to Crimson, you'll see a natural progression and evolution that they're simply continuing on Agony & Irony.
One gal bitched via comment, "Now I have a tattoo that I'm not proud of anymore!" Boo-fucking-hoo, seriously. If you're immature enough to think so selfishly (and if your taste is as bad as this broad's), you probably shouldn't even consider getting inked in the first place.
It's agonizing and ironic that some kids who love a band so much are so quick to ditch them once they're poised for popularity. I'm sure they'd rather have loyal 14-year-old girls at their shows than their fickle older sisters.
*By Jess, who lives young.