Titus Andronicus – “Number One (In New York)” Video

The last time Titus Andronicus released an album was in 2015 when the band introduced us to the sprawling, insanely ambitious The Most Lamentable Tragedy, a rock opera about manic depression. And because Titus is one of the best rock bands going right now, they pulled it off; it was one of our favorite albums of that year. So, it’s exciting news that they’re about to return with a new album, A Productive Cough. Billed as having a “subtler, more spacious approach,” the album finds Titus mastermind Patrick Stickles highlighting the more ballad-oriented side of his project, though with plenty of room for characteristically sprawling, ambitious rockers as well. And, yes, the album features a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” in case you doubted the “ambitious” part.

Along with the announcement, we get our first preview of A Productive Cough via its opening track, “Number One (In New York).” It’s a good glimpse at exactly what an album of Titus “ballads” could sound like — which is to say, though it may begin as a spare piano-based track, “Number One (In New York)” gradually piles on the layers and instrumentation, alongside Stickles’ intensifying vocal, until it feels like it’s going to explode. It has a scope not dissimilar from the most expansive tracks on 2010’s The Monitor, building to a dramatic conclusion as evocative as the finest Titus tracks. It’s also accompanied by a video directed by Ray Concepcion. Check it out below.

A Productive Cough tracklist:

01 “Number One (In New York)”
02 “Real Talk”
03 “Above the Bodega (Local Business)”
04 “Crass Tattoo”
05 “(I’m) Like a Rolling Stone”
06 “Home Alone”
07 “Mass Transit Madness (Goin’ Loco’)”

The band also announced their “first-ever ‘acoustic’ tour” in support of the album, in which Stickles and pianist Alex Molini will be performing as a duo:

03/07 — Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
03/08 — Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
03/09 — Providence, RI @ AS220
03/10 — Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot
03/11 — Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
03/13 — Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
03/14 — Detroit, MI @ El Club
03/15 — Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
03/16 — Madison, WI @ The Frequency
03/17 — St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
03/18 — Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
03/19 — Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
03/20 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03/22 — Boise, ID @ Treefort Festival
03/23 — Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
03/24 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/27 — Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery
03/28 — San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/29 — Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
03/31 — Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
04/02 — San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04/03 — Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
04/06 — Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Room
04/07 — Austin, TX @ Barracuda
04/08 — Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
04/10 — Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
04/11 — Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
04/12 — Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
04/13 — Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
04/14 — Philadelphia, PA @ UArts Black Box
04/15 — Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Ballroom

A Productive Cough is out 3/2 via Merge. Pre-order it here.