New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus’ third album “Local Business” takes a much looser approach than their incredible, and maybe hard to top, 2010 American Civil War themed “The Monitor”. The Springsteen meets anarcho-punk vibe from the last record is still present, but mixed with other genre spanning influence. Lead singer and guitarist Patrick Stickle continues to prove himself a well-spoken and talented lyricist, writing songs about the difficulty of growing up as well as a few personal natured tracks. “My Eating Disorder” would fall into the latter, with catchy sing-along parts and a power metal finale; it’s easy to gloss over such uncomfortable lyrics as “Better wait until I’m all alone/Then I stuff myself until I explode. “However, it’s the theme of growing up and accepting your place in the world that makes this a strong release. I most often find myself coming back to the first and third tracks: “Ecce Homo” is both apathetic and borderline nihilistic with the line “I know it’s nothing more than just being born/I know it’s nothing more than just being bored”; and the track “Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With the Flood of Detritus” is a great tour anthem that would hits close to home with the lyric “I gave my youth to yelling at rivers that refused to flood with angry tears/Now abundant beers await to erase redundant years”. Local Business invokes feelings of the hard working and harder partying blue collar, that after abundant beers and the right group of people, I would happily yell along to.
Also available, and highly recommended for streaming from the always incredible La Blogotheque,is a Take Away show from Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickle playing the final, and probably my favorite track from Local Business, the dirge I Tried to Quit Smoking played solo in an incredible echo filled abandoned building.
(review by: jake ramnes)