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Titus Andronicus : Local Business

New Titus Andronicus:

Next week, New Jersey upstarts Titus Andronicus will follow up one of the albums of 2010, The Monitor (itself the follow-up to one of the albums of 2008, The Airing Of Grievances), with one of the albums of 2012, Local Business. As with its predecessors, the LP hinges on frontman Patrick Stickles’ wordy (the record’s opening couplet crams 23 words and 40 syllables into about 10 seconds’ playing time), hollered rants but whilst a lyric sheet might come in handy to catch the finer details of every last wry in-joke and TMI confessional, you don’t need anything other than working ears and a beating heart to appreciate his band’s red-blooded, blue-collar rock & roll: channeling the New York Dolls (“Food Fight”), the Clash (“Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter”), the Replacements (“Titus Andronicus vs. The Absurd Universe (3rd Round KO)”), Tom Petty (“(I Am) The Electric Man”) and – of course – Springsteen (everything else), their hardcore punk-inspired take on classic singalong bar-room rock is one of the most exciting, vital things you’ll hear all year.

Local Business is out October 22 via XL Recordings; listen to the album’s third track, “Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus”, below and stream the whole glorious mess over at NPR.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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