"Enemies" was the last song Andriano wrote for the album, as the man of the hour explains it actually started as a completely different song. "I was digging the sentiment and words, but the song part was bumming me out," he tells Billboard. "Three days before I left for San Jose, I started messing with that opening guitar part and I had this cool, late era Smiths or Men at Work kinda vision for it. So I scrapped the other tune, stole some words from myself, and made a new and better song."
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You can hear the '80s influence he's talking about especially in the airy first verse, before the delicate guitar stabs coalesce into a big, thumping chorus.
"(Producer) Jeff Rosenstock, (guitarist) Mike Huguenor, and (bassist-keyboardist) Kevin Higuchi really fucking nailed it as far as the vibe I was going for... I was able to step a little outside my comfort zone, but I still think it sounds like me."
Party Adjacent comes out in the U.S. via Asian Man Records, the label that released the first two Alkaline Trio full lengths. It's up for pre-order here. It's out in the rest of the world on Xtra Mile Recordings.