Glen Rock, NJ, has over 11-thousand residents. Like a lot of towns its size the locals lay claim to celebrities of all stripes. Glen Rock is the hometown of Michael Cavanaugh, star of the Broadway musical Movin' Out!, Charlie Tahan, actor, and one of the main characters in the '07 film I Am Legend, Jimmy Vivino, of The Max Weinberg 7 and Titus Andronicus.
Titus Andronicus, who took their name from a minor, and gory, early tragedy by William Shakespeare, started as a trio in '05 but grew to eleven members at one point - tuning up must have taken forever - until they winnowed themselves down to a quintet.
The group released their debut "The Airing Of Grievances" in '09.
"The Monitor," Titus Andronicus' sophomore album a year later, revolved around the Civil War but managed to reach more contemporary touchstones.
The USS Monitor was the first ironclad ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy. The battle between The Monitor and the Confederate Navy's CSS Virginia (formerly the steam frigate USS Merrimack) at the Battle of Hampton Roads (a song title on the album) was by most accounts a draw - but it did spell the end of wooden ships in naval combat.
"The Monitor" debuted at #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and Rolling Stone named Titus Andronicus one of the seven best new bands of '10. Two years later, their third album, "Local Business," was released through XL Recordings.
"The Most Lamentable Tragedy," the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus, was a Rock opera. Five acts follow a man who goes "through considerable life experiences and dream sequences, all acting as a metaphor for manic depression." The '15 set also included a cover of the Pogues' "A Pair Of Brown Eyes."
2008 The Airing of Grievances
2009 The Monitor
2012 Local Business
2015 The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Punk is known for slashing guitars, impatient drums and powerful, if defiantly rudimentary, bass lines. But Punk's main attraction has always been the overwrought vocals - as if the singer were engaged in an animated discussion/argument with the audience, an imaginary villain or even himself. It's personal, passionate and uncompromised. Patrick Stickles has that.
Titus Andronicus play see-saw chords with authority, giving Stickles room to emote - sometimes it's too much but that doesn't happen often.