TC26: Dan Andriano – Alkaline Trio/The Emergency Room

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The Curator Podcast: Episode 26 – Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio/The Emergency Room

My guest on this episode is Daniel Andriano from the Alkaline Trio and from his solo project The Emergency Room.

I had some reservations about this interview because in the wake of the horror in Paris on the 13th of November, it was pretty clear when I arrived at the venue that everyone was pretty shaken up by what had happened. There’s no diatribe from me about that – I like to keep politics and world events as far away from this podcast as possible because this space is for culture, creativity and passion. The only reason I bring it up is because I think it had an impact on this interview.

At the time I had a definite sense of unease, not least because I had friends who were playing in the city that same night. After I finished this interview I had a feeling that that unease had made its way into the interview, so I emailed Dan’s PR representatives and let them know I wouldn’t be using the interview.

Then I listened to it again.

I was dreading listening to the recording because I remember feeling off balance (I talk more than normal, it’s shorter than I’d have liked etc), and I got the impression that Dan was a little off his game too. But when I listened to it, it was fine. I think we needed that normality in the shadow of horror.

It’s a short interview because we were pretty slammed for time.

Highlights include:

  • The first thing Dan learned to play
  • Being a guitar player first but playing bass in his first few bands
  • The difference between solo records and Alkaline Trio stuff
  • And how Hurricane Season differs from Party Adjacent
  • Working with Jeff Rosenstock
  • The difficulty of balance home and the road
  • When and if he ever realised he was a full time musician
  • Mike Park and Asian Man
  • Having someone else take control over a couple of his songs
  • Sam Russo, Bangers, The Murderburgers, Asian Man Records and Creeper

As you can hear in the podcast, I’m pretty starstruck. Alkaline Trio are responsible for making me a musician. Without From Here to Infirmary I wouldn’t be making music. There are a lot of bands out there I love and that are responsible for the deep connection I feel with music, but there are not many bands which I can say are directly responsible for making me a musician.

For many people, both guests on this podcast like Dan and listeners, the passion for music and the need to create music are intractable. For others like me, one came before the other.

I hope you enjoy the episode.

Featured Music

Intro: Voodoo Puppets – Electric Chair Blues (used under CC licence, you can check it out here).

Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room – Don’t Have a Thing
Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room – Haunt Your House

I make no claim to the copyright of any of the music in this episode.


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