Patrick Stickles is the driving force behind one of the most inspired bands to come out of New Jersey in recent years. Stickles and his fellow creative partners make up Titus Andronicus – an indie rock force fueled by punk rock ideals that has never been shy about their love for where they call home.
In fact, Titus Andronicus’ latest video for “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future,” a track off their 2010 release The Monitor (XL Recordings) that was awarded the tag of Best New Music from Pitchfork, takes viewers on a tour of the Garden State. Stickles opens the video with the following rant:
“You people out there, you think you know New Jersey. You think because you’ve seen the Sopranos, The Real Housewives, The Jersey Shore. You heard about the garbage dumps. You smelled the Meadowlands when you were driving down the Turnpike. You think you know New Jersey? You don’t know anything about New Jersey. That’s why me and my four best friends, together we make up Titus Andronicus, and we’re going to go up and down this state. We are going to show the world, through this video what New Jersey is really all about.”
So get comfortable and enjoy a trip around New Jersey with kids who live and breathe for their homeland. You have to admire folks who carry this much state pride, even if it is for New Jersey.
Titus Andronicus is playing two sold out shows this weekend at Maxwell's in Hoboken and Music Hall of Williamsburg. While you can't get tickets for those shows, you can still snag a spot at their Terminal 5 show on June 7 where they play in support of Okkervil River.