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 8, 2014
That bit about friends from other bands in town gathering around a kitchen table to write and record music describes Lower Plenty to a tee. The ten, largely acoustic numbers collected on Life/Thrills are spontaneous and endearingly unpolished: The percussion often sounds like washboards or bottles and cans; the guitars are loosely strummed and tuned to good enough; and, the lyrics are often conversational in nature, gathered from bits overheard about town or supplied as the answer to the simple question, "What did you do today?" Read More