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Titus Andronicus with Rick Maguire from Pile

Since debuting in 2008, Titus Andronicus has been conditioning faithful
listeners to always expect only the unexpected, consistently zigging where others would zag
and maintaining a steadfast dedication to fearless ambition. With the March 2 release of the
new studio album A Productive Cough on Merge Records, +@ has executed the most
shocking departure yet—but only if, as ever mercurial singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles
insists, “you haven’t been paying attention.”
In a move that may infuriate the black-denim- and-PBR set, A Productive Cough finds +@
setting aside the leadfooted punk anthems of yesteryear in favor of a subtler, more spacious
approach that pushes Stickles’ soul-baring songwriting to the fore, creating a conversational
intimacy between artist and audience with which previous +@ efforts had only flirted.
“ records have always had their fair share of ballads,” Stickles explains, “but they were
always buried amidst a lot of screaming. Now, they are the cornerstones. Punk rock is nice,
but it is but one tool in the toolbox from which I pull to achieve my artistic purpose, and that
purpose has always been communication and validation. This time, perhaps I can more
effectively talk to the people if I am not so busy yelling at them.”
The mission of A Productive Cough is made apparent from…

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