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THE AIRING OF GRIEVANCES
:: Titus Andronicus ::
09 February 2009 / XL / 11 Trk CD
By Manuel Ecostos

Titus Andronicus make perfectly decent pop music. That they make it sound like a noisy rehearsal in someone’s garage is to their credit, as they filter in the sounds of American MOR and the current wave of alt.indie semi-punk / folk / rock (insert/delete as appropriate). Whilst there are moments when the Clash seem to be an overwhelming influence (as found on their self tilted track), there are also times when their whole sound converges into atmospheric, edgy and haunting epics (“No Future Pt 1”). The opening track “Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ” is a contradiction of confused melodies and loose timings. It’s this slight suggestion of mayhem that awards Titus Andronicus a kind of latter day Pogues tag – they’re not actually a folk band, but they do have that Mid-Western honesty. Just blokes with guitars bashing out tunes and ideas without caring whether they fit into any scene or not. Like a lot of American music that’s hitting our shores, this band have been exploring the sound of their own country and have largely re-invented it for their own and for our, pleasure.


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