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Titus Andronicus is a punk/indie band from Glen Rock, New Jersey comprised (as of August 2013) of [[IAmTheBand 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 ConceptAlbum based on the dual lives of a young man in New Jersey and a Union soldier in the CivilWar, and 2012's ''Local Business''.

Imagine BruceSpringsteen crossed with NeutralMilkHotel crossed with TheClash and you're about halfway there.

They are named for the quite bloody and violent [[Theatre/TitusAndronicus Shakespeare play]] of the same name.
!! Titus Andronicus provides examples of:
* AuthorAvatar: The protagonist in ''The Most Lamentable Tragedy'' is at least partially based on Stickles himself.
* ConceptAlbum:
** ''The Moniter'' uses the American Civil War as a metaphor for the struggles of a young man in modern New Jersey.
** Stickles has explained that the 5 different "acts" in ''The Most Lamentable Tragedy'' are meant to represent the protagonist going through different stages of manic depression.

* DarkReprise: "Titus Andronicus Forever" at the beginning of ''The Monitor'' and "...And Ever" at the end.
* EpicRocking: 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.
* GeniusBonus: With song titles like "[[Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder 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.
* OdeToIntoxication: Both the sarcastic and non-sarcastic variety.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: If Conor Oberst had become a punk rocker, he would be Patrick Stickles.
* ShoutOut: To absolutely everything including Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Albert Camus, the CivilWar, Music/BillyBragg, Music/BruceSpringsteen, {{Seinfeld}}, HunterSThompson, and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', to name just a few.
* SpokenWordInMusic: ''The Monitor'' contains readings of speeches and writings by UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and Creator/WaltWhitman, among others, performed by fellow indie rock artists such as Craig Finn of Music/TheHoldSteady and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak.
* StrawNihilist / TheAntiNihilist: A common thread throughout Stickles' lyrics is his own indecision between falling into nihilism completely or finding his own purpose in life.