While it may be difficult to judge an artist and an upcoming album on one song, that’s never stopped me before and it’s certainly isn’t going to stop me from drawing conclusions on Titus Andronicus’ forthcoming album Local Business based on the lead track, “In a Big City.” For one thing, the tempo is much more reserved than what we’ve come to expect from Patrick Stickles and his frantic band of Jersey punks. Plus, now that one can decipher what he’s saying (even without the lyrics included in the stream above), it’s clear that he’s positioning himself as a punk poet, in the style of Billy Bragg, Shane McGowan, and Ted Leo. With sea-faring strings taking a more prominent role throughout this mid-tempo, stomp, one could further the argument that our boy is growing up. That’s if we wanted to draw conclusions, of course.
- October 23, 2014
While the album title, 77, may suggest the golden era of punk rock, Nude Beach's behemoth, 18 song, 70+ minute effort actually pays homage to a different Rock 'N' Roll tradition -- That of the American bar rock band. That old practice of men working for the weekend and then ringing it in with beers and blasting guitars may wax and wane, but never completely goes out of style. Depending on your vantage point, the trio of Chuck Betz, Ryan Naideau, and Jim Shelton may remind you of Tom Petty in the '70s, The Replacements in the '80s, Wilco's early output in the '90s, or contemporary rabble-rousers like The Men. Read More