Dan Andriano

Dan Andriano: live in Pittsburghlive in Pittsburgh (2006)
live show

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: KirbyPuckettKirbyPuckett
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The last time I saw Alkaline Trio was earlier this year on the Cleveland stop of The Occult Roots of Alkaline Trio: Early Songs for Eerie People Tour. The show was in the Agora Theatre and was packed with hundreds of kids. The concert was a special one as the band performed their first album, Godamn.

The last time I saw Alkaline Trio was earlier this year on the Cleveland stop of The Occult Roots of Alkaline Trio: Early Songs for Eerie People Tour. The show was in the Agora Theatre and was packed with hundreds of kids. The concert was a special one as the band performed their first album, Godamnit, in its entirety as well as a few other choice cuts from their extensive discography. I remember sitting high up in the nosebleed section sipping on a PBR tallboy with a colossal grin on my face grasping onto every word that Matt and Dan spilled. I recall glancing over the railing and viewing the eccentric crowd frantically pouring their hearts into these gentlemen's songs -- my stomach became queasy as I thought of how significant the band as become. It could have been my fear of heights that struck the unease, but I have a feeling it was my selfish attitude that pondered how I would never get to see this band in a minute and intimate setting ever again. My pessimistic opinion was hastily forgotten as the band put on the type of paramount performance I have witnessed from them in doses over the near decade I have been an adamant fan. However, deep inside my urge to see them in front of a hundred fans instead of a thousand still existed.

A past Tuesday I had the pleasure of seeing one-third (or one-fourth, depending how you look at it) of ALK3 at a miniscule hall/bar with roughly 50 other people. Dan Andriano took the stage at the Lawrenceville Moose in a strikingly different demeanor, trading makeup and an all-black attire for a pair of jeans and a casual sweater, while sporting a classy hat and his young face protected by a beard. In fact, Mr. Andriano only vaguely resembled a punk rocker, instead reminding me of a Caucasian version of another Chicago icon, Common. Dan's soft voice nervously greeted the petite crowd who warmly welcomed him back to Pittsburgh, a place the Trio have not stopped for approximately two years. He struggled with tuning his guitar after opening with the Alkaline Trio track "Blue Carolina" and exemplified a bit of detestation towards the venue's sound crew. I told him to use his beard to tune his guitar; he admitted it possessed magical powers and from there on out the show went smoothly. Mixed amongst acoustic interpretations of his songs from ALK3 were a handful of new songs, a cut from his solo split with former Trio / Smoking Popes drummer Mike Felumlee, and a few covers. Dan declined -- despite vigorous pleas -- from my friend Ehryn and I to play some material from Tuesday. However, we almost convinced him to stay in town one extra night -- as in order to spend some time with Brendan Kelly and Neil Hennessey, as the Lawrence Arms were in town the following evening and a chance to hear the Falcon would have arose. He used some excuse about HAVING to play in Cleveland the next day, pfft, terrible excuse.

The crowd was ecstatic and their collective voice nearly encompassed the soft resonation of Dan's on familiar cuts such as "Blue Carolina," "Emma," "Crawl," "Maybe I'll Catch Fire," and "Every Thug Needs a Lady." Early during the set Andriano entertained our eardrums with a faithful cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Only Living Boy in New York" as well as songs from Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg.

Throughout the evening Dan appeared to be a bit bashful, but maintained a bit of quick wit between songs that pulled some laughs from the fervent group of onlookers. His voice corresponded with his reserved posture, as it was yielding and gentle. Dan does not possess a very commanding vocal style, but his tender technique succeeded tremendously in the solo setting. Evidence of this was emphasized on "Way Too Many Times," the lone song to appear from his solo split. I was staggered that no one was singing along, assuming diehard fans would have that record. Disappointment struck me when "Lucky Smoke Rings" or "Let the Stars Play" were not performed (as they are equally superior songs). Some of the new songs that Dan performed stayed in the same vein as those previously mentioned tracks, but boasted a stronger musical presence as if they were not scrapped Alkaline Trio songs.

"Enjoy Your Day," which appears on the Trio record Goddamnit, closed the evening appropriately. Dan avowed that the song was one of the first he wrote for the band and thanked the crowd for their support before tackling the number. On the aforementioned Occult Roots Tour, Dan executed the same song in the lone spotlight with his acoustic guitar atop the massive stage. I recall thoroughly enjoying its deliverance, however, after hearing the song standing inches from Dan as opposed to the rafters of the Agora gave this occasion an overwhelming and unparalleled sensation.

My chances of ever seeing Alkaline Trio in a small intimate setting again are slim. In spite of this, Dan Andriano's solo performance delighted my spirits so well in said setting that my fantasy can be forgotten without regret.


The Radiator
The Only Living Boy in New York (Simon & Garfunkel)
Every Thug Needs A Lady
Enjoy Your Day


* - Note: These songs were recorded on a Sony Cyber-Shot W1 still camera, so the quality isn't amazing, but it gets the job done.


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dgodens (July 5, 2009)

I just found this site, so I know this post is quite old. But I was at the Cleveland show at the Grog Shop. It was awesome; I actually met Dan at the bar before he went on stage, and he called my brother who was sick in the hospital at the time. He is a great guy. But anyway I have been looking for lyrics or a copy of the song "September" that he played at the show, and I cannot find it anywhere. Anyone have any ideas where I could get it if it is out, or if he will be releasing it? Thanks.

Anonymous (November 22, 2006)

i was at this show, dan was amazing, i thought it was a very good show.

i was so happy when he played crawl, and enjoy your day, say say say, and evry living boy.

i think i saw you i was on the left side... like 4 feet from the stage


klonny (November 20, 2006)

Points for him playing Emma.

Anonymous (November 17, 2006)

I think he's really dreamy!

mashole (November 16, 2006)

i always thpught he was a bigger guy. he looks pretty slim in thse pictures

Anonymous (November 16, 2006)

Score is for saying Caucasian

Also, I love Alkaline Trio

Caucasian! Caucasian! Caucasian!

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

Bullets & Octane made kirby look like a douche...

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

haha he looks so young in these pictures. he always looks old in alk3

niveK82 (November 15, 2006)

Chicago show was great, one of the best shows I've been to this year.

Anonymous (November 15, 2006)

wow this guy is a celebrity!

jacobe (November 14, 2006)

I thought that was you, I met you at Lifetime actually. I was the guy in the hat & beard...strangly close to the attire Dan was wearing.

maverick (November 14, 2006)

"I was at the Cleveland show and it was pretty good. I kept yelling for "Let the Stars" play and I think Scott was next to me and joined in, sadly it was not played."

Yup, that was me, and P Fresh was to my left. My favorite yell of the night was when I yelled, "PLAY THE CHORUS TO 'OLD SCHOOL REASONS!' It's really sweet,": and Dan just looks at me and says, "...Yeah. It is sweet."


Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

which song is the billy bragg cover?

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

The funniest thing about these mp3's is the people trying to sing along. Wow.

Score is definitely for Dans singing...not the kids.

Seriously...are...are they in pain?

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

I bet the Chicago show was good? I would guess a lot of people showed up for being that the ae a chicago band. How was it?

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

saw him in Chicago, it was the shit.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

I was at the Cleveland show and it was pretty good. I kept yelling for "Let the Stars" play and I think Scott was next to me and joined in, sadly it was not played.

The offhand comment about SKiba and makeup was pretty funny.

Warzin (November 14, 2006)

I thought the crowd was pretty lame at the detroit show (kids yelling about matt). Also the sound wasn't too good and with dan complaining about it and the broken guitar string I hope we didn't get a shorter set. All things aside, it was a great time and dan play a great set.

kirbypuckett (November 14, 2006)

I just fixed the links.

Thanks Fuzzball.

- Kirby

kirbypuckett (November 14, 2006)

I heard rumors you were at the Larry Arms show the next night. True?

I was there, on the right side of that terrible 'mosh pit' of drunktards running around. I referred to that mess as 'bowling for punx' as I tried to toss one of them into each other and knock them over.

- Kirby

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

there was only like 30-40 people philly. best alk3 show ive ever been to

Fuzzy (November 14, 2006)

I just fixed the links.

skolarx (November 14, 2006)

the Detroit show was great too, only like 75 people but it was an incredible show. Kind of sad though that more people didn't come out considering that Heavens will be sold out this Thursday in the same venue.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

I have been a big trio fan since about 01 and this was something i had been wanting to see for some time...either matt or dan acoustic. I had always heard those random bootlegs of both of them from the internet. I was lucky enough to see Dan at the cleveland show at the grog shop which i live walking distance to. The grog was a great venue for this type of performance. The sound was very good and and Dan played a nice long set list with considerable variety. I guess most people probably prefer skiba to dan but seeing dan perform live made me realize he is definatly the better singer of the two as his voice was melodic, strong, and in tune the entire time. Seeing him outside of the trio one gets the feeling thatt the whole "dark" aspect of the trio is much more Matt and Derick as Dan seems more like the thoughful emotive singer/songwriter type. I had met Dan a couple of time over the last few years and spoke to him breifly at this show...nice guy! Anyway...it was a great show...probably only 100 people at the most.

misterspike (November 14, 2006)

After seeing that Cleveland setlist, I now have "Rocky Raccoon" stuck in my head. Thanks, Scott.

the erstwhile sprainedsoul

vjonnyv (November 14, 2006)

I should have seen him when he came to Philadelphia. Bummer.

maverick (November 14, 2006)

Cleveland setlist:

Blue Carolina
I Was A Prayer
Lucky Smoke Rings
Allison [Elvis Costello cover]
Another Innocent Girl
You've Got So Far To Go
She Took Him To The Lake
Wish You Were Here [Pink Floyd cover]
Rocky Raccoon [Beatles cover]
Say Say Say
My Standard Break From Life
If You Had A Bad Time
Maybe I'll Catch Fire
Enjoy Your Day
Every Thug Needs A Lady [encore]

We win.


misterspike (November 14, 2006)

No "Standard Break From Life?" This is a show I would have loved to see. Great review.

kirbypuckett (November 14, 2006)

Uh oh...

Add a.com to the links to get them to work!

- Kirby

hubitcherkokov (November 14, 2006)

I've seen The Alkaline Trio four times and each time I was hoping they'd play "She Took Him To The Lake." Now, when I'm living half-way around the world, Dan plays the aforementioned song at his acoustic show in Cleveland. Whatta jerk. He didn't happen to play it in Pittsburgh, did he? If he did, you didn't happen to record it, did you?

tylerdurden8136 (November 14, 2006)

Sucks I couldn't go to this.

Screw school and not having money.

Anyways, it was a tough decision between Dan and Brendan but considering the fact that I too saw the Trio in Cleveland for the Occult tour and had never seen the Larry Arms before made my decision just a little easier...I heard rumors you were at the Larry Arms show the next night. True?

LMChc (November 14, 2006)

yeah, the links to media aren't working right now

sXenester (November 14, 2006)

He does kinda look like a white Common.

No recording of "Maybe I'll Catch Fire"? You fucking kidding?

P.S. Dan, why no New England date? cunt.

Godfather (November 14, 2006)

no "my mess"? that sucks

marvalbertlikesbiting (November 14, 2006)

good review. i dont believe the video links are working. or perhaps i am just retarded. but i'm pretty sure they aint workin.

Anonymous (November 14, 2006)

yawwwwwnnnnnnn.... what a hack.

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