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New song on Spotify:
Double album as they said previously:
End of July! That's another one that will leak really early probably.
Am almost surprised this project actually came to fruition.
But two which clock in at close to ten minutes each.
New song is pretty good.
agreed on the new song, very promising
Really hyped about this actually. TA were probably my favourite band in the world around the release of The Monitor, but I thought Local Business killed their momentum a little.
but it was a slow burner, Local Business did have some pretty solid stuff on it.
I'm also hugely looking forward to this, had assumed it would never happen. I know there's a lack of love for Local Business, and to be fair it does have some patchy moments. But for me about half of that album is the equal or better than anything on The Monitor.
Now let's hope they get over to the UK to promote it and play in some nice small clubs.
This is going to be the best album of the year
but will be interested to see how this pans out anyway
the only major difference is in the front-men, but musically they reach for the same "literary, theological, big concept punk rock music" but Fuckd Up have got it covered already and do it much better.
Don't get me wrong TA are a great band and I'm glad they exist, I just constantly feel like they're a few steps behind FU
ffs they've even ripped off FU's logo!!
Because they're obviously nice, hard-working guys trying to make it - and made one of my all-time favourite albums, but:
- New stuff sounds so rigid and normal.
- The singer's voice sounds awful. Obviously not something he necessarily has control over but back-to-back with Monitor it just sounds so nasal, weak and strained. Would easily believe it's someone else.
Still looking forward to hearing the album-proper, god knows Monitor didn't click immediately.
but after a few listens it really opened out and I fell in love with it. Haven't been blown away by the first few songs I'v heard off this but am confident that a similar thing'll happen when I've listened to the album proper for a while.
him in all white w/ sunglasses
I only like it when it's DIMED OUT
This is making me rather happy.
The tour is going to be wall to wall joy.
I was worried about the following things:
1) didn't like Local Business even after any many listens
2) 29 tracks? surely a whole world of filler
3) Patrick Stickles voice, on many occasions, is all over the place
In conclusion, to my ears, it's nothing like Local Business. It's also nothing like The Monitor either. It's utterly ridiculous. The 'filler' actually works, as a way of separating the four parts of the album. The shortest song (45 seconds or something, it's the first song in that 'Magic Morning' clip posted above) is one of the best song.. The 'concept' just about holds up, and the intentionally (in my opinion) dwindling final few songs are a little frustrating at first, but I'm into them now.
The production is way better their previous albums, and I love his voice on this. It's so angry parts, that it does that rare thing of encouraging you to sing along, even if you have a crap voice. In a way, it reminds me of listening to Madonna by ...trail of dead many moons ago and barking out some of those songs as I walked along the street. It's nice to have that experience again.
Basically, it's become one of those albums which absolutely works as an album. Listening to it, as a track ends I keep going 'oh, what's the next one?... oh's THAT one, great!' - almost all the way through.
Probably going to annoy a lot of people, but didn't annoy me.
so ridiculous and overblown and fucking FUN. Listening in a pretty distracted way whilst at work but looking forward to sitting down with the lyrics and having a 'proper listen'. Can't wait for their Brighton show - it's going to be amazing.
those last few tracks are kind of tiring!
only had one listen through but absolutely love it. think the intermissions are a bit pointless and do slow down the flow but otherwise it's great
I thought it was out in a few weeks but downloaded via Google Play. Very varied. One song sounds very similar to "I Don't Like Mondays". Excellent album. I can see myself listen to this for a long while.
by a mile. Is there a release this month that's been better?
I'll have to check them out.
originally as "End of a Year" their new one is a topper, maybe their best yet
this is much better though
while reading the Genius stuff, is great fun.
The gender-neutral pronouns of the title are consistent with the allegorical format of the story — though these characters may identified here be a man and a woman, they could just as easily be two women, two men, or any trans-cis combination one might imagine across the wide and wonderful spectrum that is gender.
YOUR NAME IS... oh
go listen to David Comes to Life and tell me there isn't a lot of similarities.
I get it Stickles has his own voice, but the influences, the arrangements and even quite a few of the concepts are so, so close. I'm not criticising him necessarily and I know they kind of acknowledge it, they toured together a couple years ago ffs, but it is kinda crazy how similar they are, IMO. I think it's more a timing coincidence thing than anything else but still, wat.
And I didn't really know anything about them, and honestly the first thing that struck me was 'this sounds like David Comes to Life'.
Getting over how ropey his voice sounds but afraid I've had to have a play with the track list/cut it down to size. As predicted, it's made it a thousand times more enjoyable.
Like, really, really good. Definitely AOTY potential once I've listened through a few more times. I love the Daniel Johnston cover.
Seeing them at Village Underground in November and can't wait. Do you think they'll do much Monitor/Airing of Grievances stuff? Obviously more than enough material here for them to focus on the new album, but would love to hear a few of the old ones mixed in. Anyone else going?
The first time I saw them live was at Hoxton Bar and Grill (or Kitchen) whatever it's called when they were touring their first album. I hate that venue but Titus Andronicus simply produced one of the best live gigs I've ever been to. Raw, loud and mesmerising. I was glad that after the gig I bumped into him at the bar area and shook his hand and thanked him for one hell of a gig. Whenever I hear a Titus Andronicus song I think of that night. They were just incredible. Anyone else go to that gig?
Seems like a nice mix of new and old.
bit cheaper than face value, tenner each
Would love to go, but left it too late.
Closing on Jumpin Jack Flash was great. Screaming 'You'll always be a loser' in the throng of the crowd was amazing.
Mildly concerned about how unhealthy P Stickles looks. Please eat a hearty meal Patrick!
One of the best times that I've seen them tonight. The Hoxton gig will be always be unbeatable. Brilliant live tonight as always.
One of the best gigs I've been too.
I was an absolute sweaty mess in that crowd at the front too. had to avoid as many people as possible on the overground home ha.
Been one of my favourite bands since The Monitor but this was my first time seeing them. The new stuff was excellent, I need to go and dig into the album some more. A More Perfect Union will long be one of my favourite gig memories.
Huge thanks to OllieH for sorting me out with a ticket!
The CAMP Basement show in 2010 is still my favourite TA show, but that was a close second.
Agree Patrick didn't look that well, but he seemed in a much happier place last night than on the "Local Business" tour...
I'm seeing them tonight in Bristol and Sunday in Oxford. Haven't looked forward to gigs this much for ages, the two shows I went to on the last tour were mighty fine. Really hope the Thekla and Bullingdon are feral sweat boxes with the finest selections of real ale available to humanity.
trying to listen to the less familiar songs so I can be ready for Wednesday, but in America it seems the setlist changes every time
You might want to mug up on the Richards/Jagger songbook. We got Brown Sugar as a closer last night in Bristol.
It's also a boat.
If i do it might be like 10 or 11 before i'm there!
Really don't want to miss them
Titus Andronicus or Fidlar on Wednesday. I'm torn. Love both bands.
I picked up the vinyl for Most Lamentable Tragedy last night. It's a thing of beauty.
songs from The Most Lamentable Tragedy make total sense live in a way they don't (to me) on record. Fucking great. Had a cigarette with Patrick and he said the patch on my hoody was 'tight'. Excellent evening.
The songs themselves are good to great, but something about the album itself doesn't quite work. I know I'm tedious on the subject, but I *wish* they'd halved the track list and really nailed the recordings.
same goes for a lot of rock records for me though - they just don't connect on record
I do agree to an extent. Yes, the album is too long. Yes, it does get a bit chewy at times. But a 92 minute rock opera in 5 acts was always going to be tough to be all killer, no filler and I'm glad they got it all out there flaws and all.
I also wonder what the band would have chopped based on the gigs I saw at the weekend - I could happily live without sun salutation, Lonely Boy, Stable Boy (for instance) all of which they played. Whilst plenty of songs I would have loved to have heard were missing (in particular Lookalike followed by the DJ I Lost My Mind).
Anyway top gigs, top band. Love bands who mess around with their set lists from night to night (probably only a 50% overlap between Bristol and Oxford) and most definitely don't go through the motions. Friday night in Bristol rocked more than a Sunday night in Oxford, but i guess that's predictable. No future part 3 was played both nights and was immense both times.
(anyone else at the oxford gig? Was 'Titus Andronicus' the last song they played? I had to bail out to get back to the station to avoid a replacement bus service via Didcot Parkway (which would have been a very un rock n roll way to end the weekend). Ended up making the last train with seconds to spare. Guess I won't always be a loser).
90 mins, give or take.
Feel ill as Fuck though so 90 minutes might be a stretch.
both about being pumped and ill as fuck
Maybe take a duvet. Duvets are punk right?
you'll get away with it
Actually prefer sitting down for gigs sometimes. TA is normally a bit of a ruckus though. I'll be the I'll one come say hi.
They did a full 90 minutes though.
Patrick said he wanted to honour the wonderful musical heritage of Birmingham..I thought he was going to do War Pigs or some other Sabbath. Then they played "Don't Bring Me Down" by the Electric Light Orchestra. Good though.
At least is wasn't a UB40 cover.
lovely to see patrick having a blast too, and what a set
only gripe is no Four Score but thats fine
People around me shouting 'The Smiths' and 'New Order' and they launch into Oasis. Good lads.
Was brilliant, had so much fun, I think I enjoyed the new stuff as much if not more than older stuff - Dimed Out, Fatal Flaw, Mr E Mann...all sounded amazing
Lead guitarist sounding like his amp was broken. New stuff sounded banging and the crowd was good fun.
I heard him do that Crass speil at the Ruby Lounge. I thought the setlist was great, it was a nice mix between old and new, good to hear a few off The Airing of Grievances. Loved the Magic Morning being done in full
did you still feel grim for it'?
I'm sure it was just I'm allergic to any kind of fun. Only a minor complaint anyway as it was a cracker.
the bar is a good spot though, I tend to stand there usually
If they are paying homage to a band related to each of the towns they are playing then who is it going to be in Glasgow? (my user name probably betrays who I'd like it to be......)
Cover was always going to be proclaimers 500 miles wasnt it! Band were ridiculously tight and patrick on top form!
Cuz I was told they were on at 9.20 mm
Pretty poor choice really
I got an email saying the doors opened at 5! So presumably its early??
Not quite all dayers though. They're on at 9.30 apparently: https://twitter.com/headrowhouse/status/665126173471588353
Will probably just turn up for 9ish then. Too tired for anything else.
I'm defintiely interested, but I imagine you'll have to be queuing pretty early to get in to this.
And not even at capacity. Nice to hear all the old Airing of Grievances stuff.
Car Seat Headrest at Dalston though. I'm seeing them again at Rough Trade East tonight then across town for Cherie Currie at The Underworld.
I was half tempted for Titus Andronicus at Old Blue Last but wasn't sure if I'd get in. I saw The History Of Apple Pie on their debut album launch which was a free gig and that was the most packed I've ever seen that venue. They're not even that big. Anyway, glad you had a good gig. I think prefer their debut album to all their other stuff. Great band.
Free gig. Damn damn packed.
Will make up for that today though.
And it was also mega windy, so I sacked it off. I bet loads of people had the exact same thought.
I know this is a stupid question, but the earliest I can be there for them is 10, and doors open at 7.30. Will I miss them entirely?
but for Manchester, doors opened at 7 and they came on at about half 9 I think
to about 30 people. Then they finished. Talked to Stickles at the merch stand. He told me that the cd i bought was "£5 a CD" and then told me they'd be back. I doubt it somehow.
but they were still putting on a good show. There's not really a market for their type of thing in Belfast. Everyone just likes Kodaline or Hozier ffs.
I couldn't believe how few people there were at the Belfast gig, it must have been badly promoted as £12 is a bargain. The band didn't let it affect them though and they put on a fucking amazing show. Patrick seems like a great character and had plenty of time for everyone afterwards. Bought the LP and he signed it for me and seemed in good form.
i considered going but i had to get up really early the next morning for a flight and had two other gigs to go that week already.
i don't think it was that well promoted, i only heard about it from a friend, and another friend only heard about it because i clicked Interested on the facebook event. i think it's due to it being in The Empire, where there's so rarely anything on other than tribute bands that most people won't check the listings that often, so anything actually decent in there needs an extra push.
That's a shame. They finished before 10.30 so you'd have been grand. I thought at the very least that with it being in the Empire that a lot of student types would have been there but not even. You're not wrong about the Empire and tribute crap. Just hope this doesn't fuck the potential of any future Belfast shows for Titus Andronicus.
They played 'A Pair Of Brown Eyes' for what they said was the first time. Never knew Stickles would be so emotive on the mic, hand gestures and actions everywhere.
9th June. I love that venue. Very underused. Tickets available via Songkick or DICE for no booking fee. I've just got mine via DICE. I can't be arsed posting a link as I'm on a train. Just use the Internet yourselves.
Thanks for the tip off about Dice. No booking fee, like it. Wonder how they do that then?
Village Underground gig was one of my favourites last year. I reckon they're one of those bands you can just see over and over again and always enjoy it, regardless of new material or not.
The night before Lift To Experience too, going to be a great week. Just looked at TA's tour schedule on Songkick to see if there were any other UK dates (there weren't) but their USA tour schedule looks pretty nuts. Wonder how his voice is holding, that Camden show at the end of the Local Business tour just sounded painful for him.
an "acceptable" booking fee like WeGotTickets do. I'm off to Chairlift tonight, The Raveonettes tomorrow and Flowers on Friday. All those booked via DICE. Good ticket app.
booking fees are the agent's cut, usually. ticketing must be the only industry where you actually get told how much of a % the final retailer puts on top.
were £16 on Dice and are £18 on Songkick. Dice tickets appear as a 2D barcode thing on the app. Nearly all my tickets from them have been relatively small venues and sometimes they look at my name and the number of tickets I have on the phone app. Usually, they just cross off my name aoff a list like they do for songkick and WeGotTickets tickets. Worth a look into.
so good last time I saw them - shame they aren't playing a tiny venue again but should be EXCELLENT nonetheless
string and piano versions basically - actually really nice!
top 2 on here:
More dates added around the London show - Edinburgh, York & Leicester as far as I can find.
Just picked up my ticket for this.