September 8, 2008
One of the newer bands playing this year’s Pygmalion Fest that I’m most excited about is the anthemic noise punk kids from New Jersey with an apparent appreciation for forgotten Shakespeare works, Titus Andronicus. The band have a certain urgent and passionate quality that makes their music extremely enticing and the fact that their choruses sound really good when screamed at the top of your lungs definitely helps their case. Andrew Cedermark’s vocals have been compared to Conor Oberst, which is I guess a fair comparison, but this band is much more like Conor’s much harder side project Desaparacidos than anything he’s done with Bright Eyes.
On the best Titus Andronicus tracks there’s a good mixture of quick and dirty punk rock and huge-sounding anthems. They allow time for lengthy instrumental expeditions that usually include vaguely Irish-punk sounding guitar solo and completely rocks. My favorite song by far on The Airing of Grievances is “Upon Viewing Brueghel’s ‘Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus'”. This is a song I can imagine being played by the Arcade Fire, not because it sounds in any way similar to the band, but it has the same kind of fiery intensity and sense of “rock and roll can save your life” enthusiasm that the band exhibits live. Even though I know Titus Andronicus is a little band from New Jersey, I get the sense I’m listening to something very important from this song, and it makes me very excited to hear where these guys go from here.
Some Links For Your Week:
Dave at The Rawking Refuses to Stop digged out a frickin’ sweet video of The Muppets playing Hold Steady’s “Sequestered in Memphis”. Required viewing.
There’s a new Annuals track at Minneapolis F***in’ Rocks that I’m liking. If you think that album cover looks like a Bob Ross painting, it’s because it is a Bob Ross painting.
Harold Ramis said in a recent interview he might be tapping into some of Apatow’s “acting talent” for Ghostbusters 3, which is being written by a couple of the scribes from “The Office”. How good would Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Jason Segal, and Craig Robinson be as Ghostbusters. I’d watch that movie.