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Video of the Moment #2938: Titus Andronicus

 
By on Thursday, 4th April 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

I have avoided posting lyric videos in the Video of the Moment slot unless they’re done really well. In the case of the newest video from Titus Andronicus, I think the visuals and where they were filmed are appropriate, almost painfully so, for who they are trying to address in the song. One of the first photos I ever saw of the New Jersey band looked like a candid shot of the entire group in front of the seated Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. If you have ever had the opportunity to visit my hometown of Washington, DC, and be a tourist, you are probably aware that the memorial to our storied 16th president sits on the east side of the Reflecting Pool that was immortalised by the footage and photos from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech in 1963. Further, if you stand in the Lincoln Memorial and look due east, you will see a massive obelisk, better known as the Washington Monument. When I was a kid, I used to call it the Giant Marble Pencil.

In about half of this video for single ‘(I Blame) Society’, frontman and singer/songwriter of Titus Andronicus Patrick Stickles is seen passing off cue cards with the lyrics to another band member. In the other half, he and another man in a hoodie covered with band badges are stood in front of another, lesser-known obelisk (I’d guess probably in Arlington Cemetery?) where the cards continue to be passed off. What do the cards say? While the choice of words is certainly vitriolic, Stickles and co. cover ground on inequality and the death of the American dream that many of us in wish we had a platform like this from which we could say them. Handily enough, their upcoming sixth album is called ‘An Obelisk’, and it follows 2018’s ‘A Productive Cough’. Produced by Bob Mould, it will be released on the 21st of June on Merge Records. Want to read more on Titus Andronicus here on TGTF? Right this way.

 

Live Gig Video: Titus Andronicus share studio performance of ‘Above the Bodega (Local Business)’

 
By on Friday, 9th February 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Last month, New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus previewed their upcoming album ‘A Productive Cough’ with a live video for ‘Number One (in New York)’. Watch it here. A month on, and just shy of a month before the new LP is released to the wild, the band now wanting to be known as ‘+@’ have got another live video to show us. As rightly noted by one of the commenters on YouTube, ‘Above the Bodega (Local Business)’ has echoes of Robbie Robertson and The Band, of a bygone era when real rock bands ruled the airwaves. Watch it below. Stay tuned for ‘A Productive Cough’ when it drops on the 2nd of March on Merge Records. For much more on Titus Andronicus on TGTF, follow us over here.

 

Video of the Moment #2763: Titus Andronicus

 
By on Monday, 8th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

In the first decade of the 21st century, New Jersey band Titus Andronicus made their name on their brash, devil-may-care rock sound and equally high octane live shows. As time passed, it became increasingly clear that we were watching a band evolving through the trials and tribulations of life. In 2012, they released ‘Local Business’, their third album that was showcased how good a live band they were. In 2015, ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’ was released, a five-act opera representing their most ambitious work to date.

In 2018, they will be bringing out their sixth album, ‘A Productive Cough’, on the 2nd of March on Merge Records. They also will be known as from here on out, following in the footsteps of Prince, ‘+@’, though for ease of writing and to avoid any coding issues, we’ll still be calling them Titus Andronicus here on TGTF. Fully admitting that this new LP will be focussing on ballads, they’ve also announced an all-acoustic tour – their first – seeing singer/songwriter and singer Patrick Stickles performing with pianist Alex Molini. The tour is to begin in Kingston, New York, on the 7th of March following the album’s release.

To preview this unprecedented release, the band have released the promo video for ‘Number One (in New York)’, which they’re calling a trailer of sorts for ‘A Productive Cough’. This promo precedes a longer, much more detailed album ‘making of’ documentary set for release on the 26th of February. It’s an exciting period in +@’s career, and we look forward to hearing the album in full in 2 months’ time. Watch the video for ‘Number One (in New York)’ from Titus Andronicus below. For our past coverage here on TGTF on the mercurial group from New Jersey, follow this link.

 

Live Gig Video: Titus Andronicus share full concert film of live album ‘S+@DIUM ROCK: FIVE NIGHTS AT THE OPERA’

 
By on Thursday, 4th August 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

A year and a week ago, New Jersey rockers Titus Andronicus played a 5-night series of sold out shows at the iconic Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium. The live album taken from recordings from the gig series have now been released on Merge Records as ‘S+@DIUM ROCK: FIVE NIGHTS AT THE OPERA’. To celebrate this momentous release and to provide video accompaniment to the audio experience, the band have also released a full concert film with footage taken from these shows. The live experience has been dutifully “captured in such vivid detail” so that “devotees can relive their favourite concert memories from the comfort of their own homes.” Makes sense to me. Enjoy the full film below. For more on Titus Andronicus on TGTF, right this way, ladies and gents.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owfVuC56iPE[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1937: Titus Andronicus

 
By on Wednesday, 21st October 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Titus Andronicus released their epic fourth album ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’, all 29 tracks of it, back in the summertime. They’ve released a new video this week for ‘No Future Part IV: No Future Triumphant’, what is being called “one of the album’s most incendiary moments” in the copy I was sent. So expect an in your face kind of treatment in this one. The video follows Titus Andronicus’ beardy frontman Patrick Stickles and another hoodied friend checking out his usual NYC stomping grounds, plus some bonus live footage of the band performing. Watch it below.

Can’t get enough of the band from Noo Joisie? Head this way for all of TGTF’s coverage on Titus Andronicus. I can’t promise you it’ll be as kick in the arse as the band’s music, though.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ivgdYzmmww[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1845: Titus Andronicus

 
By on Sunday, 5th July 2015 at 10:00 am
 

New Jersey punks Titus Andronicus always do things on their own terms. Take, for example, the band’s upcoming fourth album ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’, which clocks in at more than 90 minutes in length spread out over an impressive 29 tracks. It’ll be out on the 7th of August on Merge Records.

To herald in an effort of such epic proportions, it only makes sense that they would also unveil a promo video that was pretty epic too. The video below, which goes on for over 15 minutes, includes six songs and the band refer to these songs as “the album’s second act”, or ‘The Magic Morning’/‘Beside Himself’. Interesting… Anyway, grab a cup of tea, joe or whatever your poison is this fine Sunday morning and settle in to watch all the epicness unfold below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKdWBpXlc6E[/youtube]

 
 
 

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