New Jersey rock band Titus Andronicus performed an electrifying set at Elsewhere this past weekend. The seasoned band knew how to play a classic rock show, with singer/guitarist Patrick Stickle bringing his signature frontman antics to the stage. “I’m here to play guitar, and that’s what I’m gonna do!” yelled Stickles before diving into a face-melting guitar solo. Even though they packed out the room and had adoring fans singing along to every word, the band still remained incredibly humble, taking time during the set to thank their management, the venue staff, and even their in-laws. They even brought their sense of humor to the show, joking at one point that “Saturday night is one of the top two nights for love in NYC, so here’s a love song.” The band was on the road in support of their latest album, The Will to Live, which came out late last year.
Kicking off the show were alternative rockers Country Westerns. The band had been on the road with Titus Andronicus for over a month, and jokingly credited them with “teaching us how to drink beer in cold hotel parking lots” on tour. The band’s songs were punchy, to-the-point, and filled with the wonderfully chime-y sounds of 12 string guitars. As a special treat, the band brought out guitar legend Matt Sweeney (Skunk, Chavez, Zwan) for a few songs during their set, letting his shredding loose on the crowd. The band’s new album, Forgive the City, drops later this month, and you can catch them back in NYC on May 5th at Union Pool.
Scroll down for setlist, pics of the show (photos by Kyle Ostrander)
Setlist: My Mother Is Going to Kill Me, (I’m) Screwed, Above the Bodega (Local Business), Fear and Loathing in Mahwah NJ, Give Me Grief, Baby Crazy, Fatal Flaw, Fired Up, Dimed Out, Tumult Around the World, Four Score and Seven, A More Perfect Union, Titus Andronicus Forever Encore: Glory Days (Springsteen cover)