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Titus Andronicus Asked Our Dad What He Wanted To Hear and Then They Wrote Their New Record

TitusMonitorFollowing up on its critically acclaimed 2008 debut, The Airing of Grievances, Titus Andronicus will unleash a new album, titled The Monitor, on March 8 via XL. As only our Dad and his brothers would have it, the band has written a quasi-concept album on the Civil War. They even decided that first single, the two-part " Four Score And Seven" will be released on February 9th,  what would have been Abe Lincoln's 201st birthday. The Monitor will drop exactly one month later, the 48th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, "wherein the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia entered into their epic struggle off the coast of Virginia." Shit is kind of awesome.

Singer Patrick Stickles tells Drowned In Sound: "It doesn't take place in olden times, nor does it necessarily feature any characters that participated in that conflict. Really, it is a record about how conflicts that led our nation into that great calamity remain unresolved, and the effect that this ongoing division has on our personal relationships and our behavior and how they're all out to get us (or maybe not?) and yadda yadda yadda."

The album was recorded in August in New York with producer/engineer Kevin McMahon, and features guest performances by members of Vivian Girls, Ponytail, Wyke Oak and the Hold Steady.

Tracklisting is as follows:
1. A More Perfect Union
2. Titus Andronicus Forever
3. No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future
4. Richard II
5. A Pot In Which To Piss
6. Four Score And Seven
7. Theme From “Cheers”
8. To Old Friends And New
9. …And Ever
10. The Battle Of Hampton Roads

Titus Andronicus Asked Our Dad What He Wanted To Hear and Then They Wrote Their New Record