vonChristian Ihle 03.09.2019

Monarchie & Alltag

Neue Bands und wichtige Filme: „As long as the music’s loud enough, we won’t hear the world falling apart“.

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Dass Titus Andronicus aus New Jersey kommen, passt natürlich hervorragend, ist ihr rauher Closing-Time-Pub-Punk-Rock doch mit einer gehörigen Portion des New Jersey Idols Bruce Springsteen versetzt. Ihr nun auch schon wieder 11 Jahre altes Debütalbum hatte mich mit seinen Songs über Albert Camus, Shakespeare oder eben „Upon Viewing Brueghel’s „Landscape with the Fall of Icarus“ ziemlich schnell begeistert:

Gerade ist nun ihr bereits sechstes Album „An Obelisk“ erschienen, das im Gegensatz zum kneipenorchestralen Sound des Vorgängers „A Productive Cough“ mit Songs wie „I Blame Society“ wieder an die Punkrock-Wurzeln anknüpft:

* Your three favourite Punk singles/songs?

„We’re Coming Back“ by Cock Sparrer

„I Ain’t Think, It’s Just A Trick“ by Crass

„My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down“ by Ramones

* A record that will make you dance?

„Heard It Through The Grapevine“ as performed by Zapp

* Your favourite song lyrics?

„Across The Tracks“ by Nils Lofgren, but mostly when he says „If my daddy ever caught me kissing her, I believe he would shoot his son“

* The best “new” artist / band right now?

Purple Mountains

Those words!

* Your opinion on Morrissey?

I don’t subscribe to the belief that every public figure is required to have an opinion on every issue of the day. I think the fact that so many in the media, driven by their insatiable thirst for „clicks,“ pressure these public figures to dish out such opinions, be they informed or not, has led the public discourse down a dangerous path. No one can be an expert on everything, though many like to pretend they are, in service to their vanity. Sometimes people should just keep their mouths shut, present company included. Since you asked, though, I think Morrissey is an insufferable prick and has always been, even when the music he was making was good. Consider this link Exhibit A :

* Your favourite song about rebellion/revolution?

„(I Blame) Society“ by Titus Andronicus

* Your favourite song this year so far?

„Maybe I’m The Only One For Me“ by Purple Mountains

* Your favourite movie about music?

„DIG!“ by Ondi Timoner

* Your favourite book about music?

„The Story Of Crass“ by George Berger

Honorable mention ::

„So You Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star“ by Jacob Slichter

* The most overrated band/artist?

Led Zeppelin

* The best song you’ve ever written / recorded?

„Above The Bodega (Local Business)“ from A Productive Cough (2018)

* Your favourite german song/record?

The prelude to „Tristan Und Isolde“ by Richard Wagner

* Your favourite record of all time?

„I Could Never Take The Place Of Yr Man“ (Sign O‘ The Times concert film version) by Prince

(Antworten: Sänger/Songwriter Patrick Stickles)

Das neue Album von Titus Andronicus ist bereits erschienen.

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