Addressing the Young Men’s Lyceum of
Springfield, Illinois on January 27, 1838
“From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some transatlantic giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe and Asia could not, by force, take a drink from the Ohio River or set a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, WE WILL live forever, or die by suicide.”
Titus Andronicus is a punk/indie rock band from Glen Rock, New Jersey, USA, formed in 2005. The band is composed of singer/lyricist/guitarist Patrick Stickles, drummer Eric Harm, bassist Julian Veronesi, and guitarist Adam Reich. The group takes its name from the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus, and has cited musical and stylistic influences as diverse as Neutral Milk Hotel and Pulp.
Titus Andronicus’s first album, The Airing of Grievances, was released in 2008, and was described as the sound of a “violent, overblown and irreverent” indie band in a positive review in Pitchfork. The band’s second album, The Monitor, was released on March 9, 2010, debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In March, Rolling Stone named the band one of the seven best new bands of 2010. Titus Andronicus has also been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and “Last Call with Carson Daly” .
Their third album, Local Business, was released on October 23, 2012, through XL Recordings. It was listed at #38 on Rolling Stone ’s 50 Best Albums of 2012 and gained positive reviews as well as a 7.0 from Pitchfork. Local Business was Titus Andronicus’ attempt to create an album that was “plug-in-and-play” ready, which allowed the studio recording to sound as close as possible to a live performance and make performing the album on tour much easier. Titus Andronicus performed Nirvana’s “Breed” on the tribute album Newermind.
The band has announced a fourth album, originally slated for the fall of 2014, in the form of a 30-song rock opera. According to one article, Stickles describes it as a “complicated metaphor about manic depression, melding elements of philosophy, psychology, and science fiction through the plight of one troubled protagonist’s inner demons.” Stickles also announced an accompanying film element, consisting of a series of music videos.
Their song “Titus Andronicus”, from the The Airing of Grievances album, was used in an episode of the TV show “Elementary” entitled “The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction”.