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Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio: Maybe I'll Catch FireMaybe I'll Catch Fire (2000)
Asian Man Records

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If someone would sit down, having never listened to an Alkaline Trio album before, and listen to all four straight through, they would probably rank "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" at number four. At least that's how I felt. At first listen, it is the most inaccessible of Alk3's, but, like a lot of other gr.
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If someone would sit down, having never listened to an Alkaline Trio album before, and listen to all four straight through, they would probably rank "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" at number four. At least that's how I felt. At first listen, it is the most inaccessible of Alk3's, but, like a lot of other great albums out there, the more you keep on listening to it, the more you like it. The album generally has a darker tone to it, especially compared to their first release, "Goddamnit." One thing I really like about "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" is that it doesn't really sound like any of the songs would fit in on "Goddamnit." Matt and Dan could have easily just written more songs in the same vain as the previous album, but they definitely went for a different feel.

1. Keep 'Em Coming: Opener to the album, very fast paced and upbeat song. Depending on my mood, this is the second best song on the album.

2. Madam Me: The darker tone of the album starts to come into play here. Definitely different from any Alk3 song at that time.

3. You've Got So Far To Go: Quite possibly the best song ever written by Dan Andriano for Alkaline Trio (I'm saying that because I'm just getting into Tuesday but I've only heard about 3 of their songs, so there might be a better one in there). It's a very mellow, laid back love song. Starts of with a cool bass line, incredible vocals, great lyrics. Another band ripped the bassline off, I won't mention any names though (Box Car Racer).

4. Fuck You Aurora: Like I said before, "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" has a very different feel from "Goddamnit," but this song is very similiar to San Francisco. There's a video of a concert over at www.alkalinetrio.com of the first time they played this song and it's just amazing to see the crowd actually singing along to chorus at the end of the song even though it was the first time they heard it.

5. Sleepyhead: Another darker song, but still incredible. Don't have much to say except I love the line "Earth to Sleepy Smile."

6. Maybe I'll Catch Fire: Another Dan song. Title track to the album. I must say that songs 6 through 9 are probably the ones that need the couple listen throughs to really start to warm up to them.

7. Tuck Me In: "Tuck me into bed with snakes/ Tuck me in with the tarantulas/ I wanna let 'em in my mouth and down my throat to lay their eggs." Now you understand why I keep calling this dark compared to Goddamnit. Quite a change from "I wanna wake up naked next to you kissing the curve of your clavicle."

8. She Took Him to the Lake: Dan's third and last song on "Maybe I'll Catch Fire." Great stuff, not much else to say.

9. 5-3-10-4: One of the best parts about Alkaline Trio's songs is that the verses can be mellow in a way and slightly depressing sounding at times, but then the chorus just explodes in this upbeat rhythm. This is a good example here.

10. Radio: This song doesn't really need an explanation. This is probably the best song EVER written in the history of music. Just incredible, incredible stuff. If you are making a mix CD to give to a friend or just want to introduce Alk3 to someone, play this song and they will instantly fall in love with the band. I have to mention that I've seen them twice live so far, but I've yet to hear this played. Maybe next time.

So there it is, an incredible album. Another classic for the best record label out there (Asian Man). I'll have to say though, this isn't my favorite Alk3 album. My suggestion for people just getting into the band is to definitely get "Goddamnit" first, then get "Maybe I'll Catch Fire."


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DunderMifflin (December 1, 2013)

By far my favourite record. A lyrical masterpiece!

nocomply (November 18, 2011)

My favorite Alk3 record.

devianter (October 30, 2010)

and yeah, i totally fucked up my english in my previous messagge.

devianter (October 30, 2010)

they was ok untill this album came out. i'm not saying it's bad, but they changed their sound in here, and i don't like it. i think many fans feels like i feel. just a bit disappointed. whatever..

strikeeverywhere666 (July 15, 2010)

This is a great album. I havent been keeping tabs on the new stuff cuz the last few records sucked ha.But Skiba is the man!

soundclash (June 27, 2009)

great great album

Dunne147 (March 11, 2009)

every album alkaline trio put out on Asian Man is pure gold, check em out.

goodbye_kid (November 22, 2008)

The best Trio's album. Great work. It's so dark and... evil, yeah. Maybe I'll Catch Fire makes me cry : )))

taxidermy (June 24, 2007)

some of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands are on this album so of course it gets a 10, even if it is a slightly biased one.

taxidermy (June 24, 2007)

some of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands are on this album so of course it gets a 10, even if it is a slightly biased one.

modelcitizen (August 8, 2006)

this is crappy review. the song 'radio' wouldn't even make it on to my alk3 best of cd. but this is their best cd.

coffinfullofnails (June 1, 2006)

fucking amazing. that's it.

Jim_Neighbors (May 19, 2006)

This is probably my favorite CD by them and one of my favorite CDs of all time. The first time I listened to it, I felt a deep depression, I will never forget that. I'm not a sad/depressed person or anything haha, but this CD changed my life.

Anonymous (March 1, 2006)

My most valued cd, would trade my soul first.

colin (February 11, 2006)

favorite alk3 album ever. drunk as hell listening to it right now. perfect for that.

pup_71 (February 6, 2006)

Radio is an incredible song, the rest of the album is brilliant as well. I don't think they've sold out on 'crimson", i still think it's pretty solid. They've definately changed their look though, if you see videos of them playing like 5 years ago, there's no make up or black suits back then.

Anonymous (January 9, 2006)

Im a big Alk3 fan, but does any one besides me think that they tried to sell out on Crimson??(didnt work)

mikiplanas (December 20, 2005)

the best alk3 album ever

MaxTheGreat11 (May 16, 2005)

their worst album yet, but still amazing, the title track is one of their best songs

lobsterboy (September 14, 2004)

Dan has better songs in this album than Matt.

Sciulli (February 19, 2004)

"hey sciuuli or whatver your dumb fucking screen name is. maybe ill catch fire is probably number two on full length choices. what kind of dumb son of a bitch are you?"

sciulli is my actual name, not just my screen name.

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

hey sciuuli or whatver your dumb fucking screen name is. maybe ill catch fire is probably number two on full length choices. what kind of dumb son of a bitch are you?

Anonymous (November 20, 2003)

Maybe I'll Catch Fire is definitely the best Alkaline Trio album. I definitely recommend it to anyone who at all likes Alkaline Trio, or if you want to get in to them. Unlike many other people, I was into this album the first time I listened to it. I even got my roomate into Alkaline Trio by playing this album, and she doesn't like punk - she says it makes here head hurt! She's more into metal and feminist shit. I don't know.. well, It's great- that's all there is to it!!

Anonymous (November 2, 2003)

You guys are all tlaking about Radio, Maybe i'll ctach fire, I lied my face off, Good Bye Forever but what about Snake Oil Tanker that song is in my opinion one of there best songs!

AK3 will never sell out no matter what you guys think of Good Mourning. It is not a fucking sell out album!

Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

Ahhh the darkest of all the alk 3 cd's. This is the least favorite of people i've talked to but none the less this is a really reallly good disc. It's no Goddammit but it's still damn impressive. Dan's songs are really impressive and I prefer his voice to matts. Lyrically the songs are really damnnnn impressive just look at tuck me in. GET THIS FUCKING DISC.

Anonymous (June 7, 2003)

This is kinda really late, but I just saw Alk3 in Houston (June 3rd) and they played Radio. The show was amazing..

Ak3atarisriot (May 8, 2003)

Matt sings sanfransisco i know he does listen to enjoy your day which dan sings, then listen to san fransisco of course its Matt. And i read an interview and matt said that San fransisco was the most Personal song hes ever written and the alkaline trio sings the songs they write, trust me i know matt sings it

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Matt does sing San Fransisco... and may i add that is a EXCELLENT song

Anonymous (February 5, 2003)

"Maybe I'll Catch Fire" is the best CD i have ever heard... ever all of Alk3 albums are my favorites but this one is by far the greatest i saw them live and they played "Radio" it was the best thing ever... This is the best CD ever and will be until "Good Mourning" comes out... i htink that will be there best one ever.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

your a fuckin idiot, maybe i'll catch fire is the best alk album ever. don't get me wrong from to infirmary, godamnit and s/t are fuckin hella good, but this cd owns, it has incredible lyrics and songs like madam me, you've got so far to go and radio makes alk your favorite band immediately.

Anonymous (November 17, 2002)

Your right about san fran. I htink he was talking about Messege from Kathlene

Anonymous (November 17, 2002)

This album is amazing, but its not the bands best disc. Im a bigger fan of "From Here To Infirmary" than this disc.

Hands down this band is amazing and everyone of their cd's are worth buying.

If you dont own this disc, the only thing I can say is..."Why not?"

Anonymous (November 17, 2002)

"so at what point did 15 year old girls find this type of shit good, cause i mean i like it cause i drink and hate people, but what do they get from it? Its more than just angry, its evil music (infirmary's lyrics got more lame than evil, but eh). "

the trendy type 15 year old is inherently evil!!! that's how


waste_elite (November 17, 2002)

am i going insane here? i know matt sings san francisco.

Anonymous (November 16, 2002)

Dan sings on san fran

Anonymous (November 16, 2002)

"your now those guys who bitched at you for listening to green day 7
years ago"

I hated green day back then just like I hate the alkaline trio right now.

waste_elite (November 15, 2002)

san francisco's matt's song

Anonymous (November 15, 2002)

The best dan songs are I Lied My Off, and San fran

waste_elite (November 14, 2002)

you're all insane, Sleepyhead is one of their best songs.

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

I agree with Sleepyhead being Alk3's weakest song, and these are the best Dan songs except This is Getting Over You.

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

Yes, you can say that Goddammit and S/T are better albums. Why? because they are.

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

Poop on a plate!!

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

Oh look, people bitching about pop-punk and how "evil" it is.


Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

quit bitching about little girls listening to this band. your now those guys who bitched at you for listening to green day 7 years ago. people get into punk some way or another. alk3 write catchy songs, and if the little girls like em then cool. i don't know what i'm trying to say anymore.oh yea this album is ok. just ok. radio kicks ass, and i think this album houses dan's best songs, but overall its alittle to dull and theres only 10 songs on it. i mean cmon, sleepyhead sucks.the opening track seems to go on forever.

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

Maybe you will son, maybe you will.....catch fire. HA HA HA! I'm so fucking funny, I'm a total fucking asshole, worship me. Bye bye.

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

10 bucks says the guy never even listened to em.

rayjay (November 14, 2002)

i may not agree entirely, but that comment rocked! touche!

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

I keep seeing trendy looking girls at school wearing alkaline trio shirts so I gave them a listen...well the noises my ass made this morning were more interesting. Fuck the alkaline trio and fuck their bitch ass fans, oi oi oi!

waste_elite (November 14, 2002)

i think the "this record is shitty pop-punk but their old stuff was good" people need to pull their heads out of their asses. goddamnit and most of the songs on their self-titled are much much more pop oriented than this album. just because the production was rougher doesn't make it any more "punkrock" and any less poppy. fuck.

i think this album has an edge over all their other release. it's just got a big slab of bitterness and darkness that their other stuff touches on but doesn't fully explore. if you think this is the album where the trio became "just another shitty pop-punk band", you are a grade A moron.

and the thought of 15 year old girls singing "shakin like a dog shittin razorblades" is frigthetning.

i need some sleep.

Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

I remember seeing the alk3 after this record came out, and radio wasn't "big", so at what point did 15 year old girls find this type of shit good, cause i mean i like it cause i drink and hate people, but what do they get from it? Its more than just angry, its evil music (infirmary's lyrics got more lame than evil, but eh).

Of course, the next time the trio played they were on vagrant and i couldnt get tickets cause they sold out to people who were sperm when this record came out.

I think its impossible to really say that this, goddamnit, or i lied my face off are better albums (or in face's case EP). They're the trio in there prime before they got really really redundant. Jaked on green beers was alright, the solo material hopefully got all the crap out of there system.

Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

pop-punk has become such a bad word, I dont get it. You say they became pop-punk, they have ALWAYS been pop-punk!!! Goddamnit is a pure pop-punk record. Its a little more raw than the others but its pop oriented regardless.

FHTI is a weaker album, but its still better than a lot of other bands albums. The split songs were better than FHTI and Jaked On Green Beers gave me hope for the future.

Of course, this is someone with a trio heart tattooed on their arm, so Im not exactly unbiased.

Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

fuck this band

Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

this band is overrated pop punk (at least this cd and their new one is, their old stuff is good) and maybe if your a 15 year old girlt hen you can like radio, cuz if u go to an alk 3 concert thats all youll see is 15 yeard old grils screaming radio and singing along to it

Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

radio is an average song and not even close to one of my favorite alkaline trio songs

Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

An okay Trio album. It is better than from Here to Infermary,The split with Hot Water Music, and the solo Skiba, but that is not saying to much. Goddammit and The S/T are way better than all of those albums. Radio is not thier best song either. It is one of my top five Trio songs, but I would go with
Sorry About That,Ninety-seven,I Lied My Face Off, or My friend Peter.

evildeadalive (November 13, 2002)

Office Space truly is one of the greatest movies ever made. This score is for Michael Bolton.

Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

From here to infirmary is by far the worst trio album.

How is that relevant, I don't know.

RockinOut (November 13, 2002)

Although this cd rocks in its own special way their self titled is definitely my favorite.

rayjay (November 13, 2002)

i have never got into radio at all, and i just dont get how people think that and san francisco are their best songs. but thats just me

when it comes to the trio, one of the reviewers at pitchfork got it just right in calling them fast food music - fast, greasy and leaves you with a guilty feeling afterwards, but satisfying at the same time - but i still rate them higly as one of my favourite bands. but then, i also rate office space as one of the best movies ever made too.

Sciulli (November 12, 2002)

thanks for the positive comments on the review, I submitted it about 2 months ago and I didn't think they were gonna put it up.

As for the best song ever comment, yea, that may have been going over the line a little, but whatever. They are my favorite band so they are probably gonna have my favorite song ever.

Also, Sleepyhead was one of the songs that standed out to me on my first listen through.

waste_elite (November 12, 2002)

"i think it was "Sleepyhead" that turned me off of this album"

that's interesting, Sleepyhead was what really turned me on to this album. one of my favorite Alk3 songs. matt's voice is very intense for that song, very passionate. good stuff.

"5-3-10-4 has some of the best lyrics ever written on an alk3 cd"

i agree

"And did that guy just say this is when they became a mediocre pop-punk band? Man, Goddammit, as great as it is still has way more pop element than MICF. Like the reviewer said, its by far the least accesable."

i also agree

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

5-3-10-4 has some of the best lyrics ever written on an alk3 cd

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

ya totally, trying to sound like you know more than everyone because you find a little detail about the bassline... ITS THE SAME EXACT THING. Obviouslly, different bass players, basses, setup... the sound is going to be a little different, but all in all its the same thing.

And did that guy just say this is when they became a mediocre pop-punk band? Man, Goddammit, as great as it is still has way more pop element than MICF. Like the reviewer said, its by far the least accesable.

oh and he thinks Radio is the best song ever, GET OVER IT. Do you think we are all going to agree on what is the best song? god, shutup.

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

Me again (from right below). HWM does Radio better than Alk trio

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

Good CD. I think it's going a little too far to call Radio the best song ever.

To the numbnuts about halfway down...The Boxcar Racer bassline is a blatant ripoff. It doesn't matter one bit if they move it down "two half steps" (hmm...one whole step?...if you want to sound smart at least get that right), it is still the same progression, same rhythm. I'm not trying to come down on Boxcar Racer or build up Alk3 because I really don't give a shit. But to say it's not the same bassline is retarded.

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

dude this isnt even my favourite song called Radio. Good call with New Noise.

savesthejay (November 12, 2002)

i can't believe this is the first review of this album on this site... first off the score is for the review as well as the band and the album, it was well written even though i usually dislike song by song descriptions for some weird odd reason. i used to dislike this album and indeed kept it at last place (of Alk Trio albums), i think it was "Sleepyhead" that turned me off of this album but i loved "Radio" from the first listen and "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" has slowly but surely found it's way into the second best off of this album. I will have to say that Goddamnit is my favorite Alkaline Trio album but "Radio" is my favorite Alkaline Trio song... as for it being the best song ever written, how about fucking "New Noise???" REFUSED

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

i love this album. its the first one of theres i bought and i like every song on it. i actually prefer HWM's version of Radio though and their version of Bleeder. I saw them live with Face to Face and didnt think they were up to much tho. and Face to face werent that good either.

Hubitcherkokov (November 12, 2002)

My favorite Alkaline Trio CD. I got all of their CDs in order at different times, and I think a lot of times people enjoy the first one they hear the most. I love "Goddamnit", but I like "Maybe I'll Catch Fire" just a bit more. Anywho...very good review.

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

im sorry, but this bad has two good cd's. goddamnit and singles. starting with this album they moved away from the rawness and dark power of goddamnit, and into poppunk mediocrity of this and their new cd (their new cd is even worse, and lets try not talkng about drugs and death in every song)

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)


Great band, Great album, Great review.

That's fair in my book.

When I first heard Radio, I think I cried. Nonetheless one of my favorite songs.

- Scott
(HWM performs a good rendition of Radio)

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

Radio is not the best song in the history of music. Not even close. Ever heard "My War"? Yeah, I thought so.


Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

The Box Car Racer bassline is so more different than this than you know it. The Box Car Racer bassline switches keys and is tuned down 2 half steps. If you listen to the two you can tell a major different. Only a narrow-minded prick named Scott can review it and say it is the same..

Good cd though. 'Tuck Me In' is the best song Matt wrote.

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

10 for the review, 10 for the album!

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

i don't think i could fall asleep to radio what with matt screaming "ive got a big fat fucking bone to pick with you my darling!"

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

Alkaline trio is one of the few bands out there that still show true depth and thought in their lyrics. And if radio was just a "filler" song that skiba wrote in 30 minutes, all I have to say is: DAMN.

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

Great CD. Radio is a great song to just sit back to and fall to sleep with, I love it. Definetely agree with you that this isn't their best CD, but worth getting.


Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

this was the first trio cd i bought, and loved it. all these songs are fucking great. i think that 'she took him to the lake' is probally dans best song.

waste_elite (November 12, 2002)

this is my favorite alkaline trio album. your first paragraph of the review was dead on. i thought it was kind of lacking when compared to goddamnit at first but the more i listened to it, the better it got. it's a bit darker and more morbid than their other releases. not as accessible.

i don't know, this record sorta has a special place for me, every morning over the summer, i'd get up and drive to work at around 5am exhausted on about 4 hours of sleep. i'd always put this in, it just fit the mood perefectly. i remember stumbling into my car and starting my morning out with "keep 'em coming". that became my theme song. "toothpicks pry open my eyes". it's the perfect album when you're tired and depressed.

there is no filler here at all, no weak tracks whatsoever. especially not 5-3-10-4 as someone mentioned earlier, that's one of my favorite songs.

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

This is one of my favorite cds of all time. And yes i do like it more than Goddammit. Fuck you aurora is my favorite. Damn warped tour I missed them in Montreal cuz of the damn lines!


Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

i liked "maybe i'll catch fire" the first time i heard it. it was my favourite track on the album. i also thought she took him to the lake was a bit filler sounding and radio is a different sound for alk3.


evildeadalive (November 12, 2002)

Damn good cd, although I don't really like the first song too much. Almost reminds me of old U2 or something...

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

i agree with most of yr review. i hate to tell you this though, radio should be no ones introduction to alkaline... it's not an indicator at all of what this band is about or capable of. i think just about anything off of goddamnit, or the eps, or even infirmary would be a more true example of "the alkaline trio sound". of course that's just one opinion.

and on another note, they ended almost every show they played for a good couple years with radio, i think they're sorta burnt out on it, the last like five times i've seen them they havn't played it... don't get yr hopes up. besides 97 and my friend peter are way better closers...


fallingtopieces (November 12, 2002)

ok i think this album is great, however i still like "goddamnit" better. It just sounds like it was hastily put together in my opinion (course my opinion means shit on this website). There are some great songs on here, such as "keep em coming" "fuck aurora" "maybe ill catch fire" and of course "radio". But it still strikes me odd whenever i listen to it. Also, on a funny side note, Matt Skiba wrote "radio" in half in hour in the studio because they needed one more song to finish off the album. (wouldnt tht mean its a filler track??) And while im at this, asian man records fucking rules this universe

crizgraff (November 12, 2002)

I like asian man records too, they have lots of great records and they always give me free stuff when I buy stuff from them mailorder...I agree that if you aren't familiar with Alkaline Trio stuff you should get "Goddamnit" before this, but they're both incredible...

Hamish (November 12, 2002)

I remember how excited I was when this one came out, having become really obsessed with them when Goddamnit came out and even more obsessed when I Lied My Face Off came out. I think I was dissapointed at first, but it grew on me. Not as amazing as the afformentioned releases, but still very good. Radio, Fuck You Aurora, Sleepyhead and the title track are four of their best. Keep 'em Coming, 5-3-10-4 and She Took Him to the Lake kinda feel like filler though.

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