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
Heartland rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Merge Records (present)
XL Recordings
Troubleman Unlimited
Associated acts
Website www.titusandronicus.net
Members Eric Harm
Julian Veronesi
Adam Reich
Jonah Maurer
Elio DeLuca
Patrick Stickles
Past members Sarim Al-Rawi
Liam Betson
Andrew Cedermark
Martin Courtney
Alexi Crawford
Ian Dykstra
Ian Graetzer
Peter Feigenbaum
Amy Klein
Matt "Money" Miller
Ian O'Neill
Dave Robbins
Dan Tews
Alex Tretiak

Titus Andronicus is an American punk/indie rock band from Glen Rock, New Jersey, United States, formed in 2005.[1] The band is composed of singer/lyricist/guitarist Patrick Stickles, drummer Eric Harm, bassist Julian Veronesi, lead guitarist Adam Reich, guitarist Jonah Maurer, and keyboardist Elio DeLuca. 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.[2]

Career[edit]

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 in Pitchfork.[3] 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.[4]

On March 9, 2010 the band released their sophomore 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,[5] and debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[6] That month, Rolling Stone named the band one of the seven best new bands of 2010.[7] 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.[4] 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.[8][9] It was listed at #38 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s 50 Best Albums of 2012,[10] reached #105 on the Billboard Top 200 chart,[11] and gained positive reviews as well as a 7.0 from Pitchfork.[8] 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."[4]

The band has announced their fourth album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, scheduled for release on July 28, 2015 via Merge Records. Taking the form of a 93-minute, 29-song rock opera, the album also features covers of Daniel Johnston's "I Lost My Mind" and The Pogues' "A Pair of Brown Eyes".[12] Stickles described 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.[13]

Titus Andronicus has performed live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon[14] and Last Call with Carson Daly[15] twice. Their song "Titus Andronicus" was used in an episode of the TV show "Elementary" entitled "The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction".[16] Their song "Titus Andronicus Forever" was featured in the TV show Bored to Death[17] and the film Premium Rush.[18]

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)
  • Elio DeLuca – piano, keyboards (2015–present; 2008–2015 session)
Former members
  • Sarim Al-Rawi – drums (2005–2006)
  • Liam Betson – guitar (2006–2008, 2009, 2011–2013)
  • 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'Neill – guitar (2008–2009)
  • Dave Robbins – keyboard, guitar (2010–2011)
  • 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" (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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Titus Andronicus at Allmusic
  2. ^ Lindsay, Cam. "Titus Andronicus • Interviews •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Titus Andronicus: The Airing of Grievances | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  4. ^ a b c "Titus Andronicus Tour Dates and Concerts —". Last.fm. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Reviews for The Monitor by Titus Andronicus". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Heatseeking Albums: week of March 27, 2012". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b 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. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012: Titus Andronicus - Local Business". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  11. ^ Margaret Reges. "Titus Andronicus | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  12. ^ "Titus Andronicus Announce New Album The Most Lamentable Tragedy, Share "Dimed Out" Lyric Video | News". Pitchfork. 2015-04-30. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "Watch: Titus Andronicus Crash "Fallon" | News". Pitchfork. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ "14: The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error!". Hbo.com. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  18. ^ "Titus Andronicus (II)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 

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