New Jersey's Titus Andronicus brought their literary, historically-minded, energetic live show to a raucous Wednesday night crowd at Emo's. While the venue wasn't jam-packed, the majority of the audience was either singing along with lines like "You will always be a loser" and "I need a whiskey", or dancing in the pit during the majority of the band's performance. Their most recent release, The Monitor, has garnered its fair share of positive reviews but the set was split between the band's most recent material and songs from their 2008 debut LP The Airing of Grievances. The sing-alongs came on songs from both albums and it's interesting to experience that level of fandom from a band that has flown under the radar until just recently.
Singer and guitarist Patrick Stickles was drenched in sweat from head to toe by the middle of the band's set and showed no signs of slowing down even in the waning songs of the performance, which stretched into the 1 a.m. hour. The band as a unit was tight and ever-consistent, never missing a beat and still finding space to interact with the crowd. Some bands produce carbon copies of their studio material when they take the stage but not Titus Andronicus. They give their material a fresh once-over and add a bit more raw power to the songs and Wednesday night's crowd at Emo's rewarded them for it.
Photos by Trent Lesikar.
(It's been a while since I've done a review and photos from a show (or anything else here for that matter) but the Titus Andronicus show was really worthy of some words.)