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Matt Skiba
Skiba performing at Warped Tour in 2010
Skiba performing at Warped Tour in 2010
Background information
Birth nameMatthew Thomas Skiba
Born (1976-02-24) February 24, 1976 (age 48)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OriginMcHenry, Illinois, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active1992–present
Member of
Formerly of

Matthew Thomas Skiba (born February 24, 1976) is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of the punk rock band Alkaline Trio, and served as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of Blink-182 from 2015 to 2022.[1] Skiba's lyrical content commonly involves dark romantic themes.

Alkaline Trio formed in 1996 with Skiba as the frontman. Since then, the band has released nine full-length albums over two decades. Skiba also recorded albums with side projects including Heavens and the Hell, as well as two full-length solo albums with his backing band, the Sekrets.

Following Tom DeLonge's second departure from Blink-182 in early 2015, Skiba was brought on to fill in for three shows before becoming an official member later that year. He recorded two albums with the band, California (2016) and Nine (2019), before DeLonge returned in 2022.

Early life and family[edit]

Matthew Thomas Skiba was born on February 24, 1976, in Chicago, Illinois,[2] and grew up in McHenry, Illinois. He began playing piano and drums at an early age. His first concert was Public Image Ltd.[3] In 1996, while working as a bike messenger, he decided to switch from drums to guitar. Prior to that he played in bands including Blunt, Jerkwater, and the Traitors.

Skiba has 2 siblings and is of Ukrainian descent.His mother, Joan Skiba, is a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Woods Creek Elementary School in Crystal Lake, Illinois. His father, Thomas Skiba (1942–2022), was an oral surgeon in Crystal Lake who served in the Vietnam War.[4][3]


Alkaline Trio[edit]

Skiba studied design at Chicago's Columbia College but left in 1996 to form Alkaline Trio with drummer Glenn Porter and bassist Rob Doran.

After the group recorded their demo and the single "Sundials", they recorded the For Your Lungs Only EP, during which Doran left the group. Dan Andriano joined and played bass on the EP. The band released their debut full-length Goddamnit on Asian Man Records in 1998, followed by Maybe I'll Catch Fire and the compilation Alkaline Trio in 2000.

The group's lineup changed again in 2000 when Porter left and former Smoking Popes drummer Mike Felumlee joined. From Here to Infirmary, released by Vagrant Records in the spring of 2001. In 2002 Jade Tree Records released a Hot Water Music/Alkaline Trio split EP which was well received. Both bands contributed original tracks and covers of each other's songs. Good Mourning followed in 2003, marking the band's first album with drummer Derek Grant, formerly of Suicide Machines and Thoughts of Ionesco. While recording Good Mourning, Skiba suffered from vocal problems due to acid reflux, lack of vocal warmups, and earlier use of alcohol and drugs.

Following a tour and throat surgery, the band recorded and released Crimson in 2005 and the compilation Remains in 2007. Agony & Irony, their first and only record on Epic Records, was released in July 2008. In January 2010 they released This Addiction on their own Heart & Skull label in partnership with Epitaph Records. In July 2011, they released a semi-acoustic LP called Damnesia to commemorate 15 years as a band. Their eighth album, My Shame Is True was released on April 21, 2013.

In 2014, the band underwent an anthology tour known as the "Past Live Tour", in which they performed their first eight studio albums in their entirety across four dates. Following a five-year hiatus from the studio and a second throat surgery for Skiba,[5][6] the band released their ninth album, Is This Thing Cursed?, on August 31, 2018. The band released an EP titled E.P. on March 19, 2020. The band's tenth studio album, Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs, came out on January 26, 2024.


Skiba performing with Blink-182 in 2015 at the Musink Festival

Following the departure of Tom DeLonge from Blink-182 in 2015, Mark Hoppus announced that Skiba would "fill in" for the band and performed two club shows and a slot at the Musink festival in March 2015. Later that year, the band confirmed that Skiba was now an official member and would be appearing on their upcoming album. The resulting album California, was released on July 1, 2016. Skiba reappeared on the band's eighth studio album Nine, which was released on September 20, 2019. However, he did not appear on the band's 2020 single "Quarantine", due to lack of a proper home recording studio.

In July 2022, Skiba stated in an Instagram comment reply that his status with Blink-182 was uncertain while also saying that he was grateful for his time in the group.[7] In October 2022, Blink-182 announced that DeLonge had officially returned to the band. Skiba was absent in promotional material, effectively confirming his departure.[8] DeLonge messaged Skiba on Instagram to thank him for his time with the band, and later shared the post publicly on his account.[9] Skiba himself reposted some of the promotional material of the new single on his Instagram account, congratulated the band for the reunion of their classic line up and stated his gratitude for his time in the band.[10]

Side projects and solo[edit]

In 2001, he began his first full solo tour with The Plea for Peace Tour, consisting mostly of acoustic versions of Alkaline Trio songs with backing drums and bass in a few shows.

His first solo release came in 2002 in the form of a split with Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds fame. The songs were mostly acoustic with drums, bass, and piano played by Skiba. Alkaline Trio still occasionally performs the song "Good Fucking Bye".

In 2005, Skiba contributed the song "Demons Away" to the Fat Wreck Chords' compilation Protect: A Benefit for the National Association to Protect Children.

In 2006, Skiba launched the band Heavens with F-Minus bassist Josiah Steinbrick. The group released Patent Pending on September 12, 2006.[11]

Also in 2006, Skiba contributed to the track "Rock 'n' Roll High School" featured on Brats on the Beat: Ramones for Kids, a tribute album released on Go-Kart Records.

In May 2007, Skiba performed five shows with Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music.

In late December 2008, Steinbrick announced on Heavens' MySpace page, "This is no longer a Heavens page. Sorry, that's just the way it's going down. Matt will still be doing Trio stuff and last I heard he might be working on a wonderful solo record. I'm not really positive actually but I'm sure it will be great."[citation needed] A falling-out between Skiba and Steinbrick led to the breakup.

On August 18, 2009, at Debonair Social Club in Chicago, Skiba, Grant and Greg Corner and Jonny Radtke of Kill Hannah debuted the supergroup cover band Them Crooked Vulvas (and occasionally played under the name A Perfect Circus).

On August 10, 2010, he released a solo album titled Demos on Asian Man Records. The album is said to be a precursor to a future Alkaline Trio album .[12][13]

In January 2012, Skiba released an EP along with former Angels and Airwaves and The Offspring drummer Atom Willard under the moniker The Hell. The Hell's debut EP is entitled Sauve Les Requins.

Skiba's second full-length solo album, Babylon, was released on May 8, 2012. The album features Skiba leading a band called Matt Skiba and the Sekrets; the backing band includes AFI bassist Hunter Burgan, and former touring drummer for My Chemical Romance Jarrod Alexander.[14] "Voices" impacted radio on May 1, 2012.[15]

In early 2013, Matt Skiba encouraged Mike Park of Asian Man Records to release The Smith Street Band's first two albums in America. Skiba had met the band's guitarist Lee Hartney and fallen in love with his personality and tones. Blink 182 and The Smith Street Band played together in 2017 at Hurricane Festival in Germany.[16]

Skiba confirms his current work on a solo record, a screenplay, and a children's punk record featuring Mark Hoppus.[16]

In March 2015, Skiba and the Sekrets' second album, Kutz, was announced for a release date of June 1.

In May 2023, Skiba released new music with a band called Lektron, returning to Asian Man Records.[17]



Although he started out as an avid player of Gibson Les Pauls, Skiba currently plays Fender Jaguar HH's. He has also played Gibson Les Paul Juniors, Gibson SGs, Fender Stratocasters and Fender Jazzmasters in the past.

He has had two signature instruments made:

  • GPC released a limited run of Matt Skiba Signature guitars (with the Jaguar body shape), with 200 being manufactured.[18]
  • Fender released a signature acoustic guitar dubbed the Malibu, which was featured on the cover of Alkaline Trio's acoustic album Damnesia[19]


Skiba used a Kemper profiling amp while in the studio with blink-182 and John Feldmann.

Along with his own amps, the profiled sounds that were used include:

Personal life[edit]

Skiba is a vegan and practices Transcendental Meditation according to an interview with AOL Interface. He said that the clear and calm state of mind it provides has greatly helped his creative process, though initially he believed the "tortured soul" mindset was more beneficial. The book Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch caused him to change his mind and he now believes a calm state is more artistically helpful.[23][24][25] Matt purchased a membership in The Church of Satan organization back in the early days of Alkaline Trio, saying, "to me Anton LaVey was...very punk rock".[26]

Skiba moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, though he currently lives in Los Angeles.[3][27] He has "Love Song" tattooed on his knuckles. He is a "big Cure fan," a "huge Damned fan," "an enormous David Lynch fan", a "big Green Day fan" and a "really big Nirvana fan." Skiba is divorced.[28] He is a close friend of NOFX frontman Fat Mike, and served as the best man at his wedding.[29]



  1. ^ Major, Nick (February 17, 2016). ""It's my favorite group of songs we've made in a long time"—Travis Barker on new Blink-182". Alternative Press. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Matt Skiba, Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Alkaline Trio – Matt Skiba". Decapolis.com. 2001. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  4. ^ "Skiba, Matthew T. On Instagram: "Dr. Thomas James Skiba (Captain, US ARMY – ret., M.D., D.D.S.) 1942–2022 Rest in Peace, pops. Thank you for your service and thanks for being my dad. #husband #father #brother #veteran #vietnam #vietmom #momanddad #vets #proudson ❤️"".
  5. ^ "Skiba, Matthew T. on Instagram: "Post-op #throatsurgery 😎 VERY blessed to have a VERY sweet friend looking after me who also happens to be a nurse. ♥️✨#soupandmovies 🦊"". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 26, 2021. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "Skiba, Matthew T. on Instagram: "Day 2 sans stitches (sorry @dr_beexo). No voice but I can eat food and drink water now, which is nice..."". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 26, 2021. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba Isn't Sure if He's Still in Blink-182". Loudwire. July 17, 2022.
  8. ^ "WE ARE COMING! To a city near you!". YouTube.
  9. ^ Kreps, Daniel (October 13, 2022). "Tom DeLonge Thanks Matt Skiba for Keeping Blink-182 Alive During His Absence". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 14, 2022.
  10. ^ "Skiba, Matthew T. Auf Instagram: "CONGRATULATIONS to the homies @markhoppus @tomdelonge and @travisbarker on their triumphant @blink182 return/Reunion and the release of their new single today‼️‼️I'm sure there's a joke in here about releases and happy endings I'm missing but I am truly grateful for my time with blink and I am truly happy you guys are a band and a family again. 💕THANKS TO THE BAND AND ALL THE BLINK FANS FOR HAVING ME. You were delicious! ❤️M. #fromchicagowithlove"".
  11. ^ moture.net Archived October 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Matt's Solo Details". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  13. ^ Bhamra, Satvir (April 23, 2010). "Alkaline Trio frontman to release solo album". Amplified.tv. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  14. ^ "Matt Skiba and the Sekrets sign to Superball Music". Punknews.org. January 11, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  15. ^ "Hurricane Festival Lineup 2017". Hurricane.de. December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Inside Radio & Records". Darrenroseradio.com. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  17. ^ Sacher, Andrew (May 30, 2023). "Matt Skiba, Atom Willard, AFI's Hunter Burgan meet up in new band Lektron (listen)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved May 30, 2023.
  18. ^ "Photographic image of guitar". Tommysguitars.com. Archived from the original (JPG) on April 1, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  19. ^ "Alkaline Trio Malibu™". Shop.fender.com. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  20. ^ Guitar World (February 3, 2009), Private Gear Tour: Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba, archived from the original on December 13, 2021, retrieved May 4, 2018
  21. ^ "Matt Skiba: The Guitar Challenges I Faced When Replacing Tom DeLonge in Blink-182". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  22. ^ "John Feldmann & Zakk Cervini Info Sheet.pdf". Google Docs. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  23. ^ "Interviews: Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio)". Punknews.org. June 14, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  24. ^ "A LONG-ASS CHAT WITH MATT SKIBA FROM ALKALINE TRIO AND NOW MATT SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS". Frontarmy.com. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  25. ^ Bracelin, Jason (July 25, 2008). "New Outlook". Las Vegas Review – Journal. p. J.22.
  26. ^ "Alkaline Trio talk Church of Satan". News24.com. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  27. ^ "Tough Questions for Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba". Spin.com. February 24, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  28. ^ Suicide, Auren (January 25, 2010). "Matt Skiba: Alkaline Trio". Suicidegirls.com. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
  29. ^ "NOFX's Fat Mike: I Got Married ... As The Bride!". Tmz.com. January 7, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

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