Titus Andronicus – “The Magic Morning” Short Film & “Fired Up”
At the end of the month, Titus Andronicus will release The Most Lamentable Tragedy, their massive and sprawling rock opera about manic depression. We’ve already heard a ton from the band: “Dimed Out,” “Fatal Flaw,” the entire Sorry About The Delay mixtape. And now the band has dropped a whole new motherlode on us. They’re calling their new video a short film, and this is one of those rare cases where the title actually applies. Frontman Patrick Stickles directed the band’s “The Magic Morning” film (“in the Welles / Toland tradition,” says Stickles) at the band’s Shea Stadium headquarters, with Ray Concepcion serving as editor and director of photography. There’s a lot going on in the video, which features a few different songs, including “Dimed Out” and the band’s cover of Daniel Johnston’s “I Had Lost My Mind.” It’s also got loose choreography, feverish visions, and a beardless version of Stickles confronting a bearded version of Stickles. It’s really something. The band has also posted the passionate, dynamic album track “Fired Up,” which kicks as much ass as anything else we’ve heard from the album. And they’ve also posted all the lyrics from every song on the album, with Stickles adding annotations. You can find all that here. Suffice to say: You can easily spend the rest of the day sorting through everything Titus have just given us. Check out the short film and “Fired Up” below.