From Here to Infirmary

From Here to Infirmary is the third album by American rock band Alkaline Trio. It was their first album for Vagrant and their only album with the drummer Mike Felumlee, who replaced the previous drummer Glenn Porter. When Felumlee left the band shortly after the album's release, drummer Atom Willard filled in with the group on tour and appeared in the music video for "Private Eye", before the band found a permanent replacement in Derek Grant.

From Here to Infirmary
Alkaline Trio - From Here to Infirmary cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 3, 2001
Recorded2000
StudioPachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Genre
Length38:13
LabelVagrant
ProducerMatt Allison, Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio chronology
Alkaline Trio
(2000)
From Here to Infirmary
(2001)
Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music
(2002)
Singles from From Here to Infirmary
  1. "Stupid Kid"
    Released: December 11, 2000
  2. "Private Eye"
    Released: May 5, 2001

ProductionEdit

Recording took place at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, with Matt Allison and Alkaline Trio acting as producers, with assistance from Neil Weir. The recordings were mixed by Jerry Finn, with assistance from Laurent Bichara, at Engine Studios in Chicago, Illinois.[3]

ReleaseEdit

It was released on April 3, 2001, by Vagrant. The UK version of the album, which included "Standard Break" and "Hell Yes" as bonus tracks, was co-released by B-Unique and Vagrant.[3] On July 8, a music video for "Stupid Kid" was posted on the group's website.[4] The band performed on the Plea for Peace/Take Action Tour alongside Thrice, Hot Water Music, and Cave In in August and September.[5] Between late June and mid-August, the group went on the 2002 edition of Warped Tour.[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunkFavorable[7]
AllMusic     [8]
Ox-FanzineFavorable[9]
Pitchfork Media(6.5/10)[2]
Rolling Stone     [1]

Critical reaction to the album was mixed. Ari Wiznitzer of AllMusic called it a slump for the band and "a definite low point in Alkaline Trio's catalog", criticizing its "lighter, more mainstream sound" which "really doesn't complement Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano's foul-mouthed poetry as well as their earlier abrasive sound. Adding to the disappointment is that this is the first Alkaline Trio release to have any filler, as many of the songs seem painfully tossed off (and probably were, as the band has been so prolific)."[8] Matt Hendrickson of Rolling Stone was more praising of the album's qualities, remarking that the band "deliver[s] catchy punk pop with sharp elbows and a wry sense of humor" and that "What saves them from the gutter are some effortless hooks and Skiba's hysterical lyrics".[1]

John Dark of Pitchfork Media remarked, "There's quite a bit that Alkaline Trio's music is not. It's not challenging, ambitious, or visionary. It's not clever or self-aware. It's not even terribly skillful. But what it is, is tasty. Pure musical junk food: fast, greasy, and crafted for a general palate."[2] He criticized some of the music as "a tad too derivative for your average rock snob", but praised the band's lyricism and ability to turn a phrase, though noting that they would occasionally "jar you back to reality with bonehead moves like spelling out the very, very thinly-disguised metaphor in one song [("Mr. Chainsaw")] for the listener".[2] Ultimately, though, he concluded, "for all its flaws, From Here to Infirmary remains nothing more than simply what it is: tuneful, consumable, and guiltily satisfying."[2] NME listed the album as one of "20 Pop Punk Albums Which Will Make You Nostalgic".[10]

Commercial performance and legacyEdit

It was also their first album to chart, reaching #199 on the Billboard 200 and #9 amongst independent albums.[11][12] Its two singles, "Stupid Kid" and "Private Eye", both charted on the UK Singles Chart, reaching #53 and #51 respectively.[13] As of 2008, From Here to Infirmary has sold 175,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[14]

Reflecting on the album in a 2008 interview, the singer and bass guitarist Dan Andriano considered it a turning point for the band musically:

I would have to say From Here to Infirmary definitely started to shape things up with more of a straight up rock kind of sound. I think the previous two albums [(1998's Goddamnit and 2000's Maybe I'll Catch Fire)] are really great, but are a bit meandering. I think [From Here to Infirmary] is when Matt [Skiba] and I both realized that we wanted to tighten the screws a bit, simplify things a little and focus more on punching you in the nuts with our rock; Metaphorically speaking of course.[15]

The song "Armageddon" was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Tony Hawk's Underground and also appears on the 2002 Vans Warped Tour compilation album.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."Private Eye"3:30
2."Mr. Chainsaw"3:05
3."Take Lots with Alcohol"3:13
4."Stupid Kid"2:23
5."Another Innocent Girl"3:37
6."Steamer Trunk"2:49
7."You're Dead"3:50
8."Armageddon"2:49
9."I'm Dying Tomorrow"2:20
10."Bloodied Up"2:51
11."Trucks and Trains"3:16
12."Crawl"4:25
Total length:38:13

PersonnelEdit

Personnel per booklet.[3]

Alkaline Trio

Production

  • Matt Allison – producer
  • Alkaline Trio – producer, inside design
  • Neil Weir – assistant producer
  • Jerry Finn – mixing
  • Laurent Bichara – assistant mixing
  • Joby J. Ford – front cover, back design
  • Matt Skiba – front cover, back design
  • Heather Hannoura – inside design
  • MaximumMac Studios – graphic production
  • Jim Newberry – band photograph

Chart positionsEdit

Album

Chart (2001) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 199
Top Heatseekers 14
Top Independent Albums 9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Hendrickson, Matt (June 7, 2001). "From Here to Infirmary Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dark, John (December 31, 2000). "From Here to Infirmary Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c From Here to Infirmary (Booklet). Alkaline Trio. B-Unique/Vagrant. 2001. bun008.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ Paul, Aubin (July 8, 2001). "The Stupid Kid video". Punknews.org. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Park, Mike (May 25, 2001). "Newsletter". Asian Man Records. Archived from the original on August 12, 2001. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  6. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (January 30, 2002). "Warped Tour '02 To Feature Bad Religion, NOFX, New Found Glory, More". MTV. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Tate, Jason. "AbsolutePunk - Alkaline Trio / From Here to Infirmary". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved July 15, 2016.[dead link]
  8. ^ a b Wiznitzer, Ari. "From Here to Infirmary Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  9. ^ Hiller, Joachim (June–August 2001). "Reviews: Alkaline Trio / From Here to Infirmary CD". Ox-Fanzine (in German). Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "20 Pop Punk Albums Which Will Make You Nostalgic". NME.com. June 9, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "Alkaline Trio Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard charts. Retrieved November 8, 2009.
  12. ^ "Alkaline Trio Album & Song Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard charts. Retrieved November 8, 2009.
  13. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Alkaline Trio". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 8, 2009.
  14. ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 1, 2008). "Ask Billboard: Robin Sparkles, Garbage, Alkaline Trio, Bayside". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on May 16, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  15. ^ Ramirez, Carlos (August 21, 2008). "Agony and Irony of Alkaline Trio". Ultimateguitar.com. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2009.

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