The Most Lamentable Tragedy [hereafter TMLT], the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus [hereafter [email protected]] will be the band’s Merge debut. A rock opera in five acts, TMLT will see release on July 28 as a digital download, double CD, and triple LP. Prior to that, [email protected] will perform a historic five-night engagement July 24–28 at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium, the band’s headquarters.
Watch and share the lyric video for the song “Dimed Out” from Act II of TMLT and read Patrick’s interview with Grantland about his goals and plans for this ambitious album.
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The central narrative of TMLT (“a work of fiction,” claims singer/songwriter Patrick Stickles) concerns an unnamed protagonist whom we meet in deep despair. Following an encounter with his own doppelgänger (an enigmatic stranger, identical in appearance though opposite in disposition), long held secrets are revealed, sending our protagonist on a transformative odyssey, through past lives and new loves, to the shocking revelation that the very thing that sustains him may be the thing to destroy him.
TMLT was produced by frequent collaborator Kevin McMahon and [email protected] lead guitarist Adam Reich. The core band is rounded out by the long-standing rhythm section of Eric Harm (drums) and Julian Veronesi (bass) plus rookie guitarist Jonah Maurer. Joining in throughout are pianist Elio DeLuca and violinist Owen Pallett, beside a cast of guests representing some of New York’s most exciting bands (The So So Glos, Baked, Bad Credit No Credit, Lost Boy?, etc.).
TMLT is both the crown jewel of the band’s discography and the legend that contextualizes their entire body of work. It reveals that [email protected] are what hardcore fans have said they are for years, and what the world must now recognize them to be: not merely the greatest rock and roll band of this era, but one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
Pre-order the album on 2-CD and 3-LP (with t-shirt bundle option) in the Merge store, or digitally via iTunes. And vinyl fans, take note: from now through May 7, the price of the LP will be discounted by 15% exclusively in the Merge store.
Titus Andronicus on tour:
May 2 Burlington, VT – Waking Windows
Jul 24 Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium
Jul 25 Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium
Jul 26 Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium
Jul 27 Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium
Jul 28 Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium