Review: Alkaline Trio, Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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Heavy riffs, angst-ridden lyrics and a marriage proposal – not your average night at the Wedge.

On the last night of their tour, the cult punk band were welcomed with huge applause as they opened with This Could Be Love.

I was expecting the mosh pit to go wild at the first song, but maybe Sunday night blues had set in, making the fans a little mellow.

That said, the majority of the crowd were singing along to every song. Despite a slight lack of interaction with the crowd, Alkaline Trio did not seem to disappoint their devoted fans.

Unexpectedly, bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano welcomed a couple on to the stage for a fan to propose to his girlfriend. Luckily she said ‘yes’ and as the couple were congratulated by the band, the crowd became a lot less mellow.

Finally the mosh pit took full swing as Cringe, followed by I Wanna Be A Warhol, were played with full force. Time To Waste was definitely a highlight.

By the end of the set, you’d never have known it was a Sunday night.