Titus Andronicus – “Number One (In New York)” Video

Titus Andronicus – “Number One (In New York)” Video

ben January 4, 2018 0

The last time Titus Andronicus released an album was in 2015 when the band introduced us to the sprawling, insanely ambitious The Most Lamentable Tragedy, a rock opera about manic depression. And because Titus is one of the best rock bands going right now, they pulled it off; it was one of our favorite albums of that year. So, it’s exciting news that they’re about to return with a new album, A Productive Cough. Billed as having a “subtler, more spacious approach,” the album finds Titus mastermind Patrick Stickles highlighting the more ballad-oriented side of his project, though with plenty of room for characteristically sprawling, ambitious rockers as well. And, yes, the album features a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” in case you doubted the “ambitious” part.

Along with the announcement, we get our first preview of A Productive Cough via its opening track, “Number One (In New York).” It’s a good glimpse at exactly what an album of Titus “ballads” could sound like — which is to say, though it may begin as a spare piano-based track, “Number One (In New York)” gradually piles on the layers and instrumentation, alongside Stickles’ intensifying vocal, until it feels like it’s going to explode. It has a scope not dissimilar from the most expansive tracks on 2010’s The Monitor, building to a dramatic conclusion as evocative as the finest Titus tracks. It’s also accompanied by a video directed by Ray Concepcion. Check it out below.

A Productive Cough tracklist:

01 “Number One (In New York)”
02 “Real Talk”
03 “Above the Bodega (Local Business)”
04 “Crass Tattoo”
05 “(I’m) Like a Rolling Stone”
06 “Home Alone”
07 “Mass Transit Madness (Goin’ Loco’)”

The band also announced their “first-ever ‘acoustic’ tour” in support of the album, in which Stickles and pianist Alex Molini will be performing as a duo:

03/07 — Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
03/08 — Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
03/09 — Providence, RI @ AS220
03/10 — Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot
03/11 — Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
03/13 — Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
03/14 — Detroit, MI @ El Club
03/15 — Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
03/16 — Madison, WI @ The Frequency
03/17 — St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
03/18 — Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
03/19 — Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
03/20 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03/22 — Boise, ID @ Treefort Festival
03/23 — Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
03/24 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/27 — Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery
03/28 — San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/29 — Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
03/31 — Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
04/02 — San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04/03 — Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
04/06 — Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Room
04/07 — Austin, TX @ Barracuda
04/08 — Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
04/10 — Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
04/11 — Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
04/12 — Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
04/13 — Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
04/14 — Philadelphia, PA @ UArts Black Box
04/15 — Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Ballroom

A Productive Cough is out 3/2 via Merge. Pre-order it here.

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