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Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy (Merge Records)




Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy (Merge Records)
CD Reviews: August 6, 2015

08/06/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy (Merge Records)
Now that the Horrors have become … whatever, Spandeau Ballet or whatnot, I’m always on the lookout for new things that are outrageously bratty, things that sound like the scrambled thoughts of beer-hall palookas who’d rather punch someone’s face than get the girl. We’re close with this (appropriately) New Jersey band, which has actually been around for a while, along the way making appearances you forgot about on Conan and Jimmy Fallon before the latter had to start writing jokes for the early-bird-supper crowd. I’d prefer something a little more Screaming Lord Sutch, but this will do in a pinch, a bouncy punk mess that’s equal parts Blur and Sex Pistols, badly produced enough to keep it off the corporate-TV-commercial radar but prime bait for the overheads of whatever record stores are left. “Stranded (On My Own)” is particularly New York Dolls-ish, with singer/guitarist Patrick Stickles absolutely freaking out about something, whatever it is, and no one would dare try to slow his roll anyway. More like this please. A 





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