TITUS ANDRONICUS | DEEP, TWISTING & CATCHY ANTHEMS
The person behind the rock operatic genius that is known to patrons of intelligent loud music as Titus Andronicus, Patrick Stickles, once said of his work, “I don’t tell any lies in my music—it’s all taken from real life.”
How much of that statement can be contrived as truth or artistic hyperbole can be argued for days, and luckily for the debaters among us, Stickles has provided plenty of soundtracks to instigate our late night conversations.
The brilliance of his catalogue is not only is it worthy for those late night heart-to-hearts on Pabst-stained couches, but you can just as easily put any title on the speaker while you are changing your oil in a dirty garage in Jersey. The multiplex of modern punk is deep, twisting and turning through riffs and catchy anthems for the thoughtful.
The rabbit hole that is the six albums of Titus might be an intimidating jaunt to some, but a worth-while trek for even the most causal pursuer of pure rock music.
While Stickles takes you on journeys and stories deep in possible meaning, the albums just rock and are the perfect ear candies for the long, sweaty subway trips of the New York summer.
The newest of the six, An Obelisk, was released on June 21, at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade Records.
The new record, Produced by Bob Mould and recorded by Steve Albini, is another rock opera telling a story if wish to pay attention to the lyrics, or ignore if you just want to turn it up and bang your head.
The two hour, 19 song set delivered by Stickles and his ragtag team talented rockers, was the perfect medicine for the sold out Rough Trade crowd.
The Titus Andronicus show, while rich in depth for the larger pursuers of the genre, is truly genius in that a novice can walk in to a packed room and experience the rock show fresh. I had only a few exposures to Titus prior to this evening, and over the course of the 2 hour set, I became a convert at the church of rock and roll, and it’s evangelical leader Patrick Stickles.