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The first full-length from New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus is a like a good old-fashioned bar brawl: full of swagger and bravado, laced with youthful passion and untamed hubris ... a mad dervish of punches thrown, not all perfectly landed. Referencing numerous cultural icons (Shakespeare, Seinfeld, Camus and Brueghel being the most overt), this five-piece juggernaut rolls up its collective sleeve to wield its high-minded quill-pen, scrawling out something like poetic fisticuffs (such as, “no god of mine would put light in such unrighteous eyes!”), delivered with caterwauling guitars and vocalist Patrick Stickles’ rasping outrage.  A streetwise, blue-collar punk sensibility drives Stickles’ rants on the futility of love/life, as well as his musings on murderous nail clippers (in mother’s hands!) and  “gorgeous” hyphens in a vixen’s name. Don’t let the lo-fi, locker room mix deter you; you’ll find tracks like “Arms Against Atrophy” and “Titus Andronicus” are as explosive and bombastic as the band’s namesake (Titus Andronicus is an early Shakespeare work of gory excess), even without recording-studio perfection. Deservedly named one of Pitchfork’s 50 Best Albums of 2008.

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I feel like I just unearthed King Tut's tomb. Heard these guys on XM tonight and ended up here, buying the album. E Street Band/The Clash/Elvis Costello/Arcade Fire/Pogues/etc. Thank you, XM, for finally turning me on to something fresh!

Outstanding remaster

Fantastic new version! I bought the original Troubleman Unlimited version after the Pitchfork review and dug it, but the new XL remastered version sounds better while keeping the same raw feel. Love it. One of the best albums of the year. I know track six is getting the most talk, but for my money I'll take No Future I+II.

Welcome To The Revolution

2009 has just begun and yet I cant help but reserve a spot on the year end list for AIring Of Grievances Strife filled lyrics decorated with booze, sex, cigarettes recalls a New Jersian Pogues or Tom Waits on meth. Hostile in it's approach, it's poor production only enhances the listening experience of what is pure garage rock. One can only hope an angste ridden teenager picks up this album to continue with it's fervor.


Formed: 2005 in Glen Rock, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A punk-inflected indie rock group whose bawling, thrashing sound reflected a wide range of influences ranging from the Pixies to Bright Eyes to Bruce Springsteen, Glen Rock, New Jersey's Titus Andronicus formed in 2005 with bandleader and songwriter Patrick Stickles supported by Liam Betson, Ian Graetzer, Eric Harm, and Dan Tews. The band's debut full-length, The Airing of Grievances (which makes reference to a Seinfeld episode), was first released by Troubleman Unlimited in 2008, then picked up...
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