Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Titus Andronicus - Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape with the Flood of Detritus

Not content with touring themselves senseless and maintaining the best Twitter account this side of the Based God, Titus Andronicus have decided to release some new music. Upon Viewing… is a slab of heart-on-sleeve indie rock so gloriously cathartic and teeming with ideas that it could only come from the mind of Patrick Stickles. Bolstered by a chunky guitar line that verges into almost surf-rock territory, this is Titus firmly in “righteous fury” mode and it’s a sweet relief for it. Whilst 2010’s sprawling and glorious second LP The Monitor consisted of a bunch of really long tracks interspersed with explosions of guts and glory punk, here they’ve found a mid-tempo middle ground that suggests their incoming third album will tread a more straightforward (but most certainly not boring) path. It’s a testament to their skill that this, the first piece of new music they’ve released in two years, sounds neither stale nor regressive, instead it would appear that they’ve found the feet they always knew they had and written a song that is equal parts unbridled triumph and uncensored emotion, a statement of intent, a war cry and a fuck-you to anyone unready to join in.

Listen to the track via BPM here

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