Dan Andriano

Dan Andriano

One third of punk-rock stars Alkaline Trio, Dan Andriano is currently on The Revival Tour, in part to support his recent solo debut.

Under the name Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, he released Hurricane Season in the US earlier this year, although it's hard to get hold of in the UK at the moment.

Regardless, it's been getting a great reaction, which Dan's very pleased with.

"I didn't wanna have too many expectations, you know what I mean? I didn't want to have this whole build-up and have people disappointed," he admitted. "So, I was really pleased with the reactions."

Although still busy with Alkaline Trio (the band will be on their 15th Anniversary tour in the UK next month), Dan still plans to do as much work as possible on his solo career.

Whilst it depends on time and money (which is an unfortunate reality for a lot of punk musicians), Dan is very much keen to do a second record.

"That's the beauty of what I'm doing. I can do whatever the f*** I want," he explained.

On The Revival Tour, Dan's been playing a mixture of material, from both his solo project and Alkaline Trio tracks.

He admitted: "I know not everyone is going to know the Dan In The Emergency Room stuff, and there's no reason why I wouldn't play any Trio songs".

This run of shows is easing Dan into without Alkaline Trio, as it's a friendly, collaborative tour with a band atmosphere, despite being made up of "solo" acts.

Dan agreed that it's been a big help in adjusting to this kind of touring. "That definitely helps. We play a lot of songs together, then we do our individual sets. I'm trying to do as much stuff with other people as possible."

At the beginning of Dan's set a few hours after our interview, he seemed a bit nervous on stage, something he admitted to beforehand.

At this stage, the nerves are understandable, because it's a step away from the comforts of being in Alkaline Trio.

Of playing with the band, Dan said: "It's been such a big part of my life forever. I'm very comfortable with it."

He added: "In a very good way, this is quite nervewracking and challenging for me. It's interesting."

When Dan was asked to be part of the tour (which, in the past, has featured the likes of Against Me!'s Tom Gabel, and Frank Turner), he admitted that "there was no decision", and he leapt at the opportunity.

"I've always been hoping I'd get to be a part of it at some point", he added.

Dan's also been busy with other projects, as Trio recording a cover of 'Movin' Right Along' for The Muppets: Green Album.

"We're all big fans of The Muppet Movie," he admitted. "For us, it was a no-brainer."

As the conversation shifted to Alkaline Trio, Dan revealed that they should be working on new material next year.

He told us: "We're always writing, so we'll have somethinig to think about by about the middle of next year."

As for the direction of their next album, it's not really set in stone, with Dan explaining that Alkaline Trio work quite naturally.

"Whatever we write, that's what we're gonna record," he said.

In the meantime, Trio will, as mentioned, be on a special UK tour to celebrate their career thus far, with a few surprises planned.

"We learnt a bunch of tunes we haven't played in a while, and some acoustic type stuff. It's gonna be fun."

Looking past the that tour, Dan Andriano is an extremely busy man, aiming to continue work on his solo career.

He said: "I want to keep building it slowly and quietly, at my own pace, but I want people to hear it".

For Dan Andriano's fans, there's a lot to look out for over the next few months.

After seeing his show at the Manchester Revival Tour date, any fans of Trio or his solo material owe it to themselves to see him in this setting.

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