June 26, 2008

Titus Andronicus - The Airing of Grievances (2007)

Titus Andronicus, the play, is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy and known to be his bloodiest. Its kind of the lemon in his theatrical arsenal. No one takes it seriously for good reason, its horrifically violent and laughably overdone. Give the guy a break! He was still zeroing in on his literary sweet spot. The first time I listened to The Airing of Grievances, I laughed out loud when about a minute into the first song, "Fear and Loathing In Mahwah, NJ", the lo-fi vocal and simple guitar riff is cut through with a "FUCK YOU!" and the band starts in at a breakneck pace. From that point on, the band rocks out in a way that kinda sounds like The Boss let Connor Oberst front the E Street Band on a lark. Titus Andronicus, the band, is not honing in on anything. This album is 45 minuts of lo-fi anthemic punk rock perfection. Some of their song titles are a little pretentious, but I'll let that slide.

Faves: Arms Against Atrophy, Upon Viewing Brueghel's "Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus", Titus Andronicus, and No Future Part Two: The Day After No Future