Author: Riley Donovan
A year and a half after an intense, energetic show at High Noon Saloon, indie rock/punk band Titus Andronicus is back in Madison this Friday, with a show at the Frequency.
Titus Andronicus is a staple of the indie punk and indie rock communities, with five albums made together to date. Most notable of these would be their 2010 sophomore album, The Monitor. This album presents a dive into frontman Patrick Stickles’ depression and anxiety, framed through an allegory of the Civil War. Despite its relatively absurd premise, this album is regarded as one of the greatest albums of the decade so far, with placement of #10 on Pitchfork’s list of top 50 albums of 2010
The band released their fifth album, A Productive Cough, on March 2nd, which features a stylistic departure from the band’s previous output. The album presents a scaled-back sound, with stripped-down instrumentation that is much more bare than their traditional indie punk sound. It has subsequently received mixed reviews from fans of the band and critics alike, leaving many with polarized opinions.
This show might not match the anticipation for angst that one would come to expect from a typical Titus Andronicus show. This is due to the tour only consisting of front man Patrick Stickles and pianist Molini, who will play a set comprised entirely of acoustic arrangements. In their first ever acoustic tour, it will be intriguing to see how well the traditional high energy punk-infused rock will translate to a bare-bones acoustic set.