It’s been a couple of months since Alkaline Trio announced plans to release a brand new record later this month. With a few short weeks left until their ninth studio album is in the hands of fans, the band has released yet another new tune from the impending LP. On Tuesday (Aug. 7), the California-founded group debuted their forthcoming album’s second single, and title track, “Is This Thing Cursed?”
The barely-three-minute song begins slowly, giving the impression that it will be some kind of piano-driven ballad. About a minute into the song, the sound changes from the ballad format to the standard Alkaline Trio, pop-punk goodness fans have come to expect and love from the act. Listen to “Is This Thing Cursed?” above.
“Is This Thing Cursed?” will join lead single “Blackbird” on Alkaline Trio’s forthcoming record. Is This Thing Cursed? is due out Aug. 31 through Epitaph Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on Alkaline Trio’s website.
Is This Thing Cursed? is the follow-up to the group’s last studio album, 2013’s My Shame is True.
In support of Is This Thing Cursed?‘s release, the band announced plans to hit the road in during the months of August and October. The August leg of their tour kicked off last Friday (Aug. 3) at The Bomb Factory. The August leg of the tour will conclude on Aug. 26 at the House of Blues in Orlando, just a few days shy of the band’s record release date.
Following a month and a half off during which time frontman Matt Skiba will rejoin Blink-182 is Las Vegas, the band will continue their touring itinerary with the October leg of the tour. That portion of the excursion will begin on Oct. 04 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California and conclude a few weeks later on Oct. 18 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California.
Garage rock outfit PANGEA will open for Alkaline Trio during both legs of the tour. For now, Alkaline Trio’s full tour itinerary can be found here.