The last time New Jersey indie rockers Titus Andronicus made an album, it turned out to be one of the most ambitious, sprawling and best records of the millennium. ‘The Monitor’ was epic in every sense: wordy, more than an hour long, sprinkled with 14-minute songs featuring multiple movements and laced with an interlocking historical tale about the Civil War. If it wasn’t so aggressively played, and if it featured a spaceship or a winged serpent in its narrative, it could even be called prog.
'Still Life with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter' is kind of an odd title for a song. But that's OK, because Titus Andronicus is kind of a weird name for a band -- and overall, they're a bit of a freakish band, all things considered. And by weird, we mean totally awesome, of course. 'Still Life with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter' is a totally awesome title.
No band is an island. The best songwriters tend to be sponge-like soaker-uppers of music, film, fine art, literature and other forms of culture, be they popular or obscure, and these influences often find their way into the music, helping listeners branch out and develop new interests
The one constant in the world of Titus Andronicus has always been change. Formed in Glen Rock, N.J., in 2005, the band's lineup has been in a state of flux since, with at least a dozen different members coming and going over the years. Frontman Patrick Stickles has been the only guy there since the beginning, but the way he explains it, the roster featured on their forthcoming third album, 'Local Business,' could be around for awhile.
Titus Andronicus, the Shakespeare-named, Civil War-referencing punk band from New Jersey, have compiled a mixtape to promote their new single, 'Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape with the Flood of Detritus.' The 23-song compilation was originally for sale for $2 as a CD-R at Consequence of Sound's concert at last week's SXSW, but it can now be downloaded for free from their Tumblr site.