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Titus Andronicus is an American punk/indie rock band formed in Glen Rock, New Jersey in 2005.[2] The band is composed of singer/lyricist/guitarist Patrick Stickles, guitarist Liam Betson, bassist R.J. Gordon, and drummer Chris Wilson. The group takes its name from the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus, and has cited musical and stylistic influences such as Neutral Milk Hotel and Pulp.[3]

Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus (band).jpg
Performing in 2008
Background information
OriginGlen Rock, New Jersey, United States
Genres
Years active2005–present
Labels
Websitewww.titusandronicus.net
Members

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CareerEdit

Titus Andronicus's first album, The Airing of Grievances, was released in April 2008 and was described as the sound of a "violent, overblown and irreverent" indie band in a positive review by Pitchfork.[4] The band went on extensive tours of North America and Europe to promote the album through 2009, including a "Bring On The Dudes Tour" with friends the So So Glos and tours opening for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Lucero.[5]

On March 9, 2010 the band released their second album, The Monitor, through XL Recordings. A sprawling concept album loosely based on themes relating to the American Civil War, it was critically well received,[6] and debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[7] That month, Rolling Stone named the band one of the seven best new bands of 2010.[8] The band continued their extensive touring that included a tour of record stores, tours opening for the Pogues, Bright Eyes, and Okkervil River, plus appearances at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, and Roskilde Festival.[5] Titus Andronicus recorded a version of Nirvana's "Breed" for the tribute album Newermind at this time as well.

Their third album, Local Business, was released on October 23, 2012. A more stripped down record, Local Business was recorded live in the studio with almost no overdubs, creating an album that was "plug-in-and-play" ready, helping the band sound as close as possible to the album when playing live.[9][10] It was listed at number 38 on Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2012,[11] reached number 105 on the Billboard Top 200 chart,[12] and gained positive reviews as well as a 7.0 from Pitchfork.[9] Touring for the album included an expansive headlining tour with opener Ceremony, a co-headlining trek of the United Kingdom with Fucked Up, and another tour with the So So Glos dubbed the "Bring Back The Dudes Tour."[5]

The band released their fourth album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, on July 28, 2015 via Merge Records. Taking the form of a 93-minute, 29-song, five-act rock opera (including covers of Daniel Johnston and the Pogues),[13] Stickles described the record as a "complicated metaphor about manic depression, melding elements of philosophy, psychology, and science fiction through the plight of one troubled protagonist’s inner demons." The band also disclosed a film element to the album and thus far released a 15-minute music video covering Act Two.[14] The Most Lamentable Tragedy was released to positive reviews,[15] and the group announced a "TMLT Around the World Tour" covering the United States and Europe.

Their fifth LP, A Productive Cough, was released on March 2, 2018 via Merge Records.[16] It featured a "ballad oriented approach" not seen on previously Titus Andronicus albums, and was followed by a stripped down two piece tour featuring Stickles and keyboardist Alexander Molini.[17]

Their sixth album, An Obelisk, was released on June 21, 2019 via Merge Records.

Titus Andronicus has performed live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon[18] and Last Call with Carson Daly[19] twice. Their song "Titus Andronicus" was used in an episode of the TV show "Elementary" entitled "The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction".[20] "Titus Andronicus Forever" was featured in the TV show Bored to Death[21] and the film Premium Rush,[22] while "Dimed Out" was used to close out the first season of the Showtime show Billions.

Band membersEdit

TimelineEdit

 

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[23]
US Top Albums
[24]
US Heat
[25]
US Rock
[26]
US Alt
[27]
US Indie
[28]
US Taste
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2008 The Airing of Grievances
2010 The Monitor
  • Released: March 9, 2010
  • Labels: XL
7 28
2012 Local Business
  • Released: October 22, 2012
  • Label: XL
105 105 3 35 20 21 10
2015 The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  • Released: July 28, 2015
  • Label: Merge
164 82 1 18 14 11 7
2018 A Productive Cough
  • Released: March 2, 2018
  • Label: Merge
81 2 13 25
2019 An Obelisk
  • Released: June 21, 2019[30]
  • Label: Merge
73 6 17

Singles, EPs, and mixtapesEdit

  • Titus Andronicus EP (2005, Self-Released)
  • "Titus Andronicus" b/w "Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, New Jersey" 7" (2007, Shake Appeal Recording Company)
  • "Albert Camus" b/w "Upon Viewing Brueghel's 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus'" 7" (2007, Troubleman Unlimited Records)
  • "Titus Andronicus" b/w "Every Time I See the Light Parts 1 & 2" 7" (2008, Merok Records)
  • "My Time Outside The Womb" b/w "To Old Friends & New" 7" (2009, Merok Records)
  • The Innocents Abroad – Live in London 23/02/09 vinyl-only LP (2009, Rough Trade Shop Exclusive)
  • "Four Score and Seven" 7" (2010, XL Recordings)
  • Split 7" w/Free Energy "Anxiety Block" b/w "I'm Going Down" (2010, XL Recordings/DFA)
  • Titus Andronicus LLC Mixtape Vol 1 (2012, Self-Released)
  • Split 7" w/Ceremony "In a Big City" b/w "Everything Burns" (2012, XL Recordings/Matador Records)
  • Record Store Day 12" "Still Life with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter" b/w "(I've Got A) Date Tonight," "The Dog" (2013, XL Recordings)
  • Seven 7"s Series #1 & #2: 7-Year Anniversary 2x7” (2014, Self-Released)
  • Seven 7"s Series #3: Split w/Wicked Kind "Stranded (On My Own)" b/w "Sport," "Piece of the Pie" (2014, Self-Released)
  • Seven 7"s Series #4: Split w/Lost Boy? "Fatal Flaw" b/w "Dairy Queen" (2015, Self-Released)
  • Titus Andronicus LLC Mixtape Vol 2: Sorry About the Delay (2015, Self-Released)
  • Seven 7"s Series #5: Split w/Diarrhea Planet "Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape With the Flood of Detritus" b/w "Enter The Great Gate," "Babyhead" (2015, Self-Released)
  • Seven 7"s Series #6: Split w/Spider Bags "Dimed Out" b/w "Dishrag" (2015, Self-Released)
  • Seven 7"s Series #7: "Mr. E Mann [Remix]" b/w "Fired Up [Remix]" (2016, Self-Released)
  • Titus Andronicus Mixtape Volume III : A Reductive Scoff (2018, Self-Released)
  • Home Alone On Halloween 12" EP (2018, Merge Records)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sound Opinions Show". KWBU-FM. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Margaret Reges. "Titus Andronicus | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  3. ^ Lindsay, Cam. "Titus Andronicus: Interviews". Exclaim.ca. Archived from the original on 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  4. ^ "Titus Andronicus: The Airing of Grievances | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  5. ^ a b c "Titus Andronicus Tour Dates and Concerts —". Last.fm. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  6. ^ "Reviews for The Monitor by Titus Andronicus". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  7. ^ "Heatseeking Albums: week of March 27, 2012". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  8. ^ Rolling Stone (2010-03-17). "Best New Bands of 2010: Free Energy, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Five More | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  9. ^ a b Cohen, Ian. "Titus Andronicus Local Business". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  10. ^ "LOCAL BUSINESS: THE NEW TITUS ANDRONICUS LP". Titus Andronicus. XL Recordings. Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  11. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012: Titus Andronicus – Local Business". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  12. ^ Margaret Reges. "Titus Andronicus | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  13. ^ "Titus Andronicus Announce New Album The Most Lamentable Tragedy, Share "Dimed Out" Lyric Video | News". Pitchfork. 2015-04-30. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  14. ^ Roffman, Michael (3 September 2013). "Titus Andronicus' new album will be a 30-track rock opera about manic depression". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Reviews for The Most Lamentable Tragedy by Titus Andronicus". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  16. ^ "Titus Andronicus Announce New Album A Productive Cough, Share New Song: Listen". Pitchfork. 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  17. ^ Leas, Ryan (2 March 2018). "On A Productive Cough, Titus Andronicus Is Growing Up". Stereogum. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Watch: Titus Andronicus Crash "Fallon" | News". Pitchfork. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  19. ^ "Titus Andronicus – "In A Big City" + "Still Life with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter" 12/3 Last Call". The Audio Perv. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  20. ^ "The song in this scene is "Titus Andronicus" by a band of the same name". Elementary Writers Twitter account. Dec 11, 2014. Retrieved Dec 12, 2014.
  21. ^ "14: The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error!". Hbo.com. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  22. ^ "Titus Andronicus (II)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
  23. ^ "Titus Andronicus Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  24. ^ "Titus Andronicus Chart History: Top Album Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  25. ^ "Titus Andronicus Chart History: Top Heatseekers". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  26. ^ "Titus Andronicus Chart History: Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  27. ^ "Titus Andronicus Chart History: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  28. ^ "Titus Andronicus Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  29. ^ "Titus Andronicus Chart History: Tastemaker Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  30. ^ Bloom, Madison (April 2, 2019). "Titus Andronicus Announce New Album An Obelisk, Share New Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 2, 2019.

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