Titus Andronicus are an act we’ve wanted at End of the Road for a long time. They’re a band who have always proven themselves to be the most consistently unpredictable and rewarding acts in contemporary rock music. They champion the disaffected outsider, their DIY ethos has always been central to everything they do and they are loved for their refusal to compromise. Live they are an unstoppable force – a spectacle in balancing chaos and control.
This attitude extends to their music: 2015’s The Most Lamentable Tragedy was a 29-track, 93-minute rock opera that grappled with Titus leader Patrick Stickles’ manic depression. It was their most universal record, the music encompassing everything they’ve ever sounded like.
Now they’ve returned with new album A Productive Cough – and it opens us up to a new side of the band. It reaches out into uncharted territories, digging deeper and grooving harder than ever before. There is soul, horns, and, a first for the band, the ballads are the cornerstone of the record. This is a band we can’t wait to see.