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.
- August 25, 2015
If musicians were subject to rules of an NFL-style draft, Royal Headache's vocalist, a man who goes by the name Shogun, would be a first round pick. His voice has the wear of a life that hasn't always been an easy one to live. He's got soul. He's got effortless range. If he came in the age in the late '60s he could have fronted the Faces. In the '70s it would have been The Nerves or The Jam. And, if he came of age in the '80s, and really, really liked his booze, he could slide right into an outfit like the Replacements. In the grunge era, he would have sung like he had marbles in his mouth. Let's be glad Shogun is not active in 1995, but in 2015, where he sounds right at home in this scrappy four-piece, garage band from Sydney. Read More