Way too long in the making, Titus Andronicus have announced about every detail about their long waited (at least by me) second album, called The Monitar. In an extremely long blog post, band leader Patric Stickles revealed much about the album, along with a few future plans for the band as well.
Here is how it breaks down:
- It will be released on March 9th, 2010 by XL Records
- The album was recorded over the summer with The Airing of Grievances producer and engineer Kevin McHahon
- It is a concept record of sorts. Not really about the Civil War per say, but as Patrick puts it, "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 the 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."
- It features guest appearances by members of Ponytail, Vivian Girls, the Hold Steady, and Wye Oak, Spider Bags, and Hallelujah on the Hills.
- According to the band, they have tried to take it as far way from their original lo-fi sound as possible. It is self described "hi-fi punk" with multiple new instrumentation and extremely long tracks.
- The first single "Four Score and Seven" is streaming from their Myspace and the band plans to release it as a single on Febuary 9, split into two parts (due to the song being almost minutes minutes long).
And that is just about everything. Go to their blog for the acutual and much better blog post that explains all of this in a much more profound way. Can't wait.
1. A More Perfect Union
2. Titus Andronicus Forever
3. No Future Part Three: Escape from No Future
4. Richard II or Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
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 Myspace
Titus Andronicus Blog