Album Review: Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room – Party Adjacent

Album Review: Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room – Party Adjacent

imageWhile Alkaline Trio haven’t been up to much since the release of ‘My Shame Is True’ two years ago, its individual members have been keeping busy: Drummer Derek Grant released his debut solo album ‘Breakdown’ at the start of the year; guitarist Matt Skiba has all but replaced Tom DeLonge in blink-182, and released his second album with The Sekrets last month; but it’s bassist Dan Andriano that has taken perhaps the biggest leap of all. His first album under the Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room moniker was released without much fanfare in 2011, and he spent that summer touring ‘Hurricane Season’ in a similarly low-key fashion. Four years later, he’s ended up in A&E again, only this time, he’s brought some friends along. DAITER is now a fully-fledged band, and the contents of ‘Party Adjacent’ make for consistently interesting listening.

Melodically, it’s as dead-on as you’d expect from one half of Alkaline Trio’s songwriting team, with the energetic lead single ‘Lost’ providing a shining example of the reasons why Andriano decided to opt for a more expansive sound, exploding into life two minutes in and showing off the prowess of his backing band, which on ‘Party Adjacent’ includes Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb the Music Industry, who’s also on production duties.

Opener ‘Pretty Teeth’ brings some unexpected instrumental colour into the mix from the get-go – glockenspiel, organ, buzzing synths – while flashes of Andriano’s folkier side make themselves known on the likes of ‘Wait’ and ‘Don’t Have A Thing’, songs that will serve as ideal starting points for fans who prefer Andriano’s more stripped-back material. It’s diverse enough that, were it not for his recognisable vocals, one wouldn’t think it was connected to Alkaline Trio in any way.

True, you could imagine his day job getting away with a song such as ‘Fire Pit’, a rough-and-ready rock song that barrels through three-and-a-half minutes with the absolute minimum of fuss, while ‘Enemies’ suggests he’s been hanging out with Brian Fallon from The Gaslight Anthem, but elsewhere on the album, he takes influence from the recent, so-called “emo revival” movement on ‘Haunt Your House’, while closing track ‘Snake Bites’ suggests he’s been listening to some shoegaze on the side. While there are definitely some elements of his previous work here, his second solo record ventures into a surprising amount of new territory, and is impressively cohesive to boot.

3.5/5

‘Party Adjacent’ by Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room is out now on Asian Man Records/Xtra Mile Recordings.

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Words by Gareth O’Malley (@vetusmemoria)