In the video for Alkaline Trio's seventh full-length studio album, This Addiction, two gangs of kids line up Red Rover-style in a grassy field. On one side, well-dressed private school kids clench their fists, while on the other, punky kids in tattered garb and face paint look on. As the tykes bound full speed for each other, Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba belts out the lyrics "You hit me just like heroin / I feel you coursing through my veins."
Numerous viewings later, we're still completely unsure what kids in face paint and a lame drug-cloaked love metaphor have to do with one another, but we're none-the-less pumped that the macabre pop-punk rockers are heading to Boise--and on the eve of their album release, no less.
Fronted by Skiba on guitar and vocals, Alkaline Trio also features Dan Andriano on bass and Derek Grant on drums. Known for their darkly twisted love songs and Skiba's unique delivery, the band has gained momentum from the 1998 release of Goddamnit (which features the oh-so-awesome "Clavicle"), through 2008's major label release, Agony & Irony, which hit No. 13 on the Billboard charts.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show, $18-$40, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.