Monday, December 14, 2009

Titus Andronicus make Civil War-themed concept album

Titus Andronicus, histrionic crypto-celtic rock n roll band on Merok, have recorded an album that sounds actually excellent which is based vaguely around the concept of the American Civil War. Even its title, 'The Monitor', is a presumed Civil War reference. Singer Patrick Stickles said this – “It doesn't take place in olden times, nor does it necessarily feature any characters that participated in that conflict. Really, it is a record about how the conflicts that led our nation into that great calamity remain unresolved, and the effect that this ongoing division has on our personal relationships and our behavior and how they're all out to get us (or maybe not?) and yadda yadda yadda.”

What we've heard sounds heroic, a quality that ironed over their debut's less-than-awesome bits. Artwork (coming later) is by Double Dagger, and The Monitor was recorded this past August by producer and engineer Kevin McMahon at his studio - Marcata Recording - in New Paltz, NY. Read the tracklisting below and pick out the Civil War references (zero marks for Four Score and Seven, the lead single). Released 9 March 2010, the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads – see track 10.

'The Monitor' track listing:
1) A More Perfect Union
2) Titus Andronicus Forever
3) No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future
4) Richard II
5) A Pot In Which To Piss
6) Four Score And Seven
7) Theme From “Cheers”
8) To Old Friends And New
9) …And Ever
10) The Battle Of Hampton Roads

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