In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “A lot more wide ranging than the punk rock genre definer would usually indicate.”
When you do a Google search for “Titus Andronicus band”, the description for their official site reads, “Specializing in punk since 2005”. How could I not be impressed by a band undertaking such a noble endeavour for over a decade? That’s the kind of thing that makes it feel like it’s my musical civic duty to listen to at least one of their records. One of their records like The Monitor.
Namechecking New Jersey before declaring, “Baby we were born to die” is an obvious reference to the 80s, studio rock and roll of people like Bruce Springsteen. But A More Perfect Union has none of their slick sheen of those songs or that era. There’s a lo-fi, dirt to this song, even when the playing is air tight. And the wavering in Patrick Stickles’ voice gives everything a raw sincerity. (more…)