Choosing an album of the week is super easy last week, as I literally this weekend gave the third full-length from New Jersey punks Titus Andronicus five stars for The Arts Desk. Yeah, LYG in “liking a band from New Jersey” shocker – who would have guessed? Here’s an extract from the review, if you can’t be bothered clicking through to read the whole thing (how very dare you):
In Patrick Stickles, Titus find themselves with the sort of frontman who is halfway between poet and crazed preacher. It makes the album a difficult one to review without a lyric sheet in hand as he half-hollers, half-spits violent word pictures over heavy, melodic riffs. His delivery can make the pictures themselves hard to see, although new lines show up in the spatter with every listen.
There’s a lyrics video for “Still Life with Hot Deuce and Silver Platter” above. You will need them. God speed.
GIGS THIS WEEK: While I am of course looking forward to seeing Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra at the QMU, Glasgow on Thursday 25th – although not as much as I would have been had it not been upgraded from the Oran Mor, because it may be my old stomping ground but the acoustics are shite – as a fan of Scottish independent music the tail end of this week presents ridiculously rich pickings for those with a little less on their plate than I have right now.
On the same night, all the way in That Edinburgh the excellent – and very worthy – Fruit Tree Foundation is putting on a charity show at the Picture House. Music Like a Vitamin will feature at the very least Rod Jones’ The Birthday Suit, Fatherson, Sparrow and the Workshop and a solo set from Withered Hand. It’s £5 in advance, with all proceeds going to The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival fund.
Since I last wrote about indie-folkers Randolph’s Leap, they’ve only gone and joined the Fence Records roster – their first release for the label, the “Hermit” EP, is out imminently. They’ll be celebrating with a show at new Southside venue The Glad Cafe on Friday 26th, with support from members of the Fence Collective. Tickets are £7 in advance or £9 on the door.
And then on Saturday 27th, it’s BLOGGOGEDDON! It looks like The Tidal Wave of Indifference has come to the same conclusions I have re: gig promotion, and will be putting on his last “for a while” at The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh featuring such ace folks as The Last Battle, Plastic Animals, Fuzzystar and The Early Morning Satellites (previously Honey). Tickets are £6 in advance. Meanwhile, at Glasgow’s Flying Duck Jimtunes, Peenklloyd and Scottish Neilton will be putting on Cancel the Astronauts, Bad Books and Franch Wives for a similar price. I love this poster .