True to its name, the foundation of Alkaline Trio consists of three musicians, albeit taken in different formations over the years. Despite different members having rotated in and out, frontman Matt Skiba remains the consistent force urging on the outfit. Formed in the mid-90's, the punk rockers anchored Vagrant Records during its perch at the forefront of the emo surge in the early 00's. The band subsequently moved on to major labels. Eschewing the brand of music usually associated with the emo tag, Alkaline Trio brought a darker brand of punk that's all catchy riffs and satisfying propulsion; it's pop/punk with a bit of an edge.
Alkaline Trio plays Saturday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $19-$23. Waterstreetmusic.com.