Titus Andronicus (band)

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Titus Andronicus
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Performing in 2008
Background information
Origin Glen Rock, New Jersey, United States
Genres Punk rock
Indie rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels XL Recordings
Troubleman Unlimited
Associated acts
Website www.titusandronicus.net
Members Eric Harm
Julian Veronesi
Adam Reich
Jonah Maurer
Patrick Stickles
Past members Sarim Al-Rawi
Martin Courtney
Ian Keller
Matt "Money" Miller
Andrew Cedermark
Ian Graetzer
Peter Feigenbaum
Dan "Sleazy" Tews
Ian Dykstra
Alex Tretiak
Alexi Crawford
Amy Klein
Liam Betson
Ian O'Neill
Derek Arnold

Titus Andronicus is a punk/indie rock band from Glen Rock, New Jersey, USA, formed in 2005.[1] The band is composed of singer/lyricist/guitarist Patrick Stickles, drummer Eric Harm, bassist Julian Veronesi, and guitarist Adam Reich. The group takes its name from the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus, and has cited musical and stylistic influences as diverse as Neutral Milk Hotel and Pulp.[2]

Career[edit]

Titus Andronicus's first album, The Airing of Grievances, was released in 2008, and was described as the sound of a "violent, overblown and irreverent" indie band in a positive review in Pitchfork.[3] The band's second album, The Monitor, was released on March 9, 2010, debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[4] In March, Rolling Stone named the band one of the seven best new bands of 2010.[5] Titus Andronicus has also been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and "Last Call with Carson Daly" .

Their third album, Local Business, was released on October 23, 2012, through XL Recordings. It was listed at #38 on Rolling Stone '​s 50 Best Albums of 2012[6] and gained positive reviews as well as a 7.0 from Pitchfork.[7] Local Business was Titus Andronicus' attempt to create an album that was "plug-in-and-play" ready, which allowed the studio recording to sound as close as possible to a live performance and make performing the album on tour much easier.[8][9] Titus Andronicus performed Nirvana's "Breed" on the tribute album Newermind.

The band has announced a fourth album, slated for the fall of 2014, in the form of a 30-song rock opera. According to one article, Stickles describes it 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." Stickles also announced an accompanying film element, consisting of a series of music videos.[10]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Patrick Stickles — lead vocals, guitar (2005–present)
  • Eric Harm — drums, backing vocals (2007–present)
  • Julian Veronesi — bass, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Adam Reich — guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2012–present)
  • Jonah Maurer — guitar (2013–present)
Former members
  • Sarim Al-Rawi — drums (2005–2006)
  • Andrew Cedermark — guitar (2007, 2008–2009)
  • Martin Courtney — keyboard (2006)
  • Alexi Crawford — guitar (2005–2006)
  • Ian Dykstra — drums (2006–2007)
  • Pete Feigenbaum — guitar (2009)
  • Ian Graetzer — bass (2005–2011)
  • Amy Klein — guitar, violin (2010–2011)
  • Matt Miller — keyboard (2005–2006)
  • Ian O'Neil — guitar (2008–2009)
  • Dave Robbins — keyboard, guitar (2010–2011)
  • Liam Betson — guitar (2005–2008, 2009, 2011–2013)
  • Dan Tews — guitar (2005–2008)
  • Alex Tretiak — drums (2007)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles, EPs, and mixtapes[edit]

  • Titus Andronicus EP (2005 self-released)
  • "Titus Andronicus" b/w "Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, New Jersey" 7" (Shake Appeal Recording Company)
  • "Albert Camus" b/w "Upon Viewing Brueghel's 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus'" 7" (2008, 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" with 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" with 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Titus Andronicus at Allmusic
  2. ^ Lindsay, Cam. "Titus Andronicus • Interviews •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ Album Reviews, Pitchfork Magazine, April 2008
  4. ^ "Heatseeking Albums: week of March 27, 2012". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012: Titus Andronicus - Local Business". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  7. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Titus Andronicus Local Business". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Titus Andronicus Local Business". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "LOCAL BUSINESS: THE NEW TITUS ANDRONICUS LP". Titus Andronicus. XL Recordings. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Roffman, Michael (3 September 2013). "Titus Andronicus’ new album will be a 30-track rock opera about manic depression". Encyclopedia of Things. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

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