Fans of New Jersey natives Titus Andronicus have gone so far as to credit the band with keeping punk alive.
Loud guitars, raucous choruses and heady, large-as-life lyrical concepts have earned it acclaim once thought unbecoming of the underground nature of punk music. Pitchfork was one of the first to publish a positive review of the band’s 2008 debut, The Airing of Grievances. Rolling Stone named them one of the best new bands of 2010 following the release of their sophomore Civil War concept album, The Monitor.
Naturally, the hype has been building for the release Titus Andronicus’ third album, Local Business, out today on XL Recordings. It is one of the band’s most stripped-down and sprawling, as well as an autobiographical effort from frontman Patrick Stickles, who chose to relay personal struggles within the album’s framework.
Despite the wealth of responsibility that seemingly rests on these punk purveyors’ shoulders, Stickles said there is only one group the band answers to for a reaction to the new record. Continue reading →