Titus Andronicus, “A More Perfect Union”

This not so great video aside, I just picked up the new album, The Monitor, from NJ’s Titus Andronicus and it’s good.  Really good.

Titus barrel through stacks of songs, pulling out punk mini-suites and building structures that soar at E Street levels, though not without letting self-consciousness tear down what it can; “Half the time I open my mouth to speak / It’s to repeat something that I heard on TV / And I’m destroying everything / That wouldn’t make me more like Bruce Springsteen,” Stickles hollers in epic closer “The Battle of Hampton Roads,” and he’s not smirking while he shouts. It’s the tension between self-consciousness and the desire to exist freely—even if that means being a little bit more like everyone else—that pilots The Monitor’s rocky listen.

Or as I heard someone describe them, it’s like Paul Westerberg fronting a shoegazey E Street Band.

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