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See Titus Andronicus Play Two New Scorchers in Asbury Park

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus shows: where kids are jumping up and down even through songs nobody in the crowd has ever heard before. Not long ago, the impassioned New Jersey rockers premiered a new song evidently (and fantastically) titled “Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With the Flood of Detritus (Andronicus),” on WFMU’s The Best Show with Tom Scharpling (fast-forward to the 2:37:00 mark). Now, the band has tweeted fan footage of a live medley featuring two more new songs, “Ecce Homo” and “Still Life With Hot Deuce and Silver Platter.” The pogoing audience members have the right idea.

Patrick Stickles’ hyper-articulate lyrics are a huge part of Titus Andronicus’ appeal, but those are still tough to make out in this video, taken at Asbury Park, New Jersey’s the Stone Pony. Though former guitarist/violinist Amy Klein’s grinning virtuoso presence is certainly missed, the riotous, raw-throated energy behind the band’s 2010 rock’n’roll tour de force The Monitor remains in full effect. “Ecce Homo,” which Stickles quips was inspired not only by Nietsche but also by Lil B, builds to a sudden stop. “Still Life With Hot Deuce and Silver Platter” appears to be faster-paced but also more expansive, with a fist-pumping “I’m not gonna cry” breakdown. Why would these guys be crying?