Titus Andronicus - The Will To Live


This summer, revered rock institution Titus Andronicus have stoked fans’ excitement for their forthcoming seventh studio album The Will To Live with a string of singles that have run the gamut from concise and hard-hitting (“(I’m) Screwed,” “Give Me Grief”) to burly seven-minute epics (“An Anomaly”), leaving listeners breathlessly curious about what could possibly follow.

Today, those questions are answered with the album’s final pre-release single, the rollicking, rapid-fire “Baby Crazy,” which lays bare the album’s (successful) ambitions to achieve “Ultimate Rock.” With a barrage of pounding piano chords, ribbons of saxophone and a heart-racing rhythm, the album’s mission statement is made clear in just over four minutes.

After ravenously taking in The Will To Live’s early singles, fans will finally get the chance to see Patrick Stickles and co. perform them live as they kick off the first leg of their 2022–23 world tour with their record release show on September 30 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC. For complete details and ticket information, please visit titusandronicus.net/tour. (Contact us with any requests!)

With The Will to Live, Titus Andronicus invite listeners on a journey from fear to faith, from anger to acceptance, from grief to gratitude, all chasing the mythical ideal of Ultimate Rock. Drawing on maximalist rock epics from Who’s Next to Hysteria, the band have crafted their richest, densest, and hardest-hitting album to date, matching the sprawl and scope of their most celebrated work while also streamlining their ambitious attack to greater effect than ever before.

“It may strike some as ironic we had to go to Canada to record our equivalent to Born in the USA,” says Stickles, “but the pursuit of Ultimate Rock knows no borders.”

Titus Andronicus made their long-awaited return to the stage in November of 2021 to celebrate the anniversary of their landmark second album, 2010’s The Monitor. The act of playing that material before an ecstatic audience left Stickles determined to deliver an album that would reach for those same lofty heights, this time relying less on the reckless fire of youth, but more on the experience and perspective at which a band only arrives with a thousand shows under their belt.

To reach this level of focus and clarity, Stickles had to stand on the nexus of triumph and tragedy. He credits a newfound domestic bliss and steadfast mental health regimen for his own recent stretch of personal stability, as well as the endurance of what has become the longest-running consistent lineup of Titus AndronicusLiam Betson on guitar, R.J. Gordon on bass, and Chris Wilson on drums, all of whom featured on 2018’s A Productive Cough and 2019’s An Obelisk. On the crueler side of the coin, The Will to Live was created in large part as an attempt to process the untimely 2021 death of Matt “Money” Miller, the band’s founding keyboardist and Stickles’ closest cousin. The result proves a milestone for Titus Andronicus, an ambitious, forward-facing work which stands tall on the nexus of triumph and tragedy, fueled by newfound focus and clarity, showcasing a uniquely gifted rock ’n’ roll band at the very peak of their creative powers.

Certain recent challenges, some unique to myself and some we have all shared, but particularly the passing of my dearest friend, have forced me to recognize not only the precious and fragile nature of life, but also the interconnectivity of all life,Stickles says. “Loved ones we have lost are really not lost at all, as they, and we still living, are all component pieces of a far larger continuous organism, which both precedes and succeeds our illusory individual selves, united through time by (you guessed it) the will to live. Recognition of this self-evident truth demands that we extend the same empathy and compassion we would wish for ourselves outward to every living creature, even to those we would label our enemies, for we are all cells in the same body, sprung from a common womb, devoted to the common cause of survival.

Naturally, though, our long-suffering narrator can only arrive at this conclusion through a painful and arduous odyssey through Hell itself – this is a Titus Andronicus record, after all.

Check out some of the great early press here: Vulture, Stereogum, Consequence, Broadway World, Under the Radar, Our Culture, Stereoboard, BrooklynVegan, Glide Magazine, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Line Of Best Fit, SPIN, Treble, PASTE, Indie88


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