Tramps like us, BABY WE WERE BORN TO DIE!
Titus Andronicus is a punk/indie band from Glen Rock, New Jersey comprised (as of August 2013) of Patrick Stickles
, Eric Harm, Julian Veronesi, and Adam Reich. They have released three albums, 2008's The Airing of Grievances
, 2010's The Monitor
, a Concept Album
based on the dual lives of a young man in New Jersey and a Union soldier in the Civil War
, and 2012's Local Business
Imagine Bruce Springsteen
crossed with Neutral Milk Hotel
crossed with The Clash
and you're about halfway there.
They are named for the quite bloody and violent Shakespeare play
of the same name.
Titus Andronicus provides examples of:
- Dark Reprise: "Titus Andronicus Forever" at the beginning of The Monitor and "...And Ever" at the end.
- Epic Rocking: Basically all of The Monitor, but special credit should go to "The Battle of Hampton Roads," a nearly 15 minute song named for the first naval battle between ironclad ships. With a bagpipe solo.
- Genius Bonus: With song titles like "Upon Viewing Brueghel's 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" and a concept album about the Civil War with a recommended reading list, this is a given. Patrick Stickles is a very smart, very well-read guy and it comes through in his lyrics.
- Ode to Intoxication: Both the sarcastic and non-sarcastic variety.
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice: If Conor Oberst had become a punk rocker, he would be Patrick Stickles.
- Shout-Out: To absolutely everything including William Shakespeare, Albert Camus, the Civil War, Billy Bragg, Bruce Springsteen, Seinfeld, Hunter S. Thompson, and The Dark Knight, to name just a few.
- Spoken Word in Music: The Monitor contains readings of speeches and writings by Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman, among others, performed by fellow indie rock artists such as Craig Finn of The Hold Steady and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak.