"'The Magic Morning" was written and directed by +@uteur Patrick Stickles in a display of artistic hubris that no buzz band today could begin to attempt... WATCH "Our Hero" awake to a world of wonder! GASP at the shocking secret of "The Lookalike!" MARVEL at the mysterious transformative powers of the Vernal Equinox! DANCE to those which are already being called "[Titus Andronicus'] Greatest Hits Yet," reads a rather in-depth press release recently uploaded to Titus Andronicus' punked out webpage. "UNDERSTAND the underlying themes and motifs that elevate [The Most Lamentable Tragedy] far beyond the petty constraints of a mere "Rock album" and into the realm of that which the German philosopher K.F.E. Trahndorff first called, in 1827, Gesamtkunstwerk ("total art"—look it up)," +@ continued. The New Jersey-based Heartland Punk Rock band are of course referring to their soon forthcoming 29-track modern day Rock opera; tediously assembled over the course of the past 3-4 years, TMLT is expected to contain equal parts of The Who's magnum opus, Tommy and The Clash's 3LP genre-blending Sandinista! album.
Uncannily bewhiskered frontman Patrick Stickles and director of photography/editor Ray Conception's Thriller-length "The Magic Morning" short film, alternately known as Act II: "Beside Himself," single-handedly encompasses tracks #7-12 or Side B of The Most Lamentable Tragedy. Titus Andronicus have somehow managed to compact six full-length album tracks throughout the film's 15-minute duration: "The Magic Morning" (Interlude), "Lookalike," a cover of Daniel Johnson's "I Had Lost My Mind," "Mr. E. Mann," "Fired Up," and previously released single, "Dimed Out." It's one Hell of a glorious sh*t-storm of hyper-compacted storytelling accented by an awkward tighty whities-divided showdown between a bearded and clean-shaven Stickles, sporadic half-assed dance routines, intentionally shaky camera work, and a ruthless 1-2-3-4-5-6 punch of gritty Punk Rock opera stylings. Ahead of it's soon impending July 28th release, Titus Andronicus have unveiled the proper follow-up to their Titus Andronicus LLC Mixtape, Vol. 1 (2012) and a 22-track complimentary warm-up piece to The Most Lamentable Tragedy; Sorry About The Delay aka "Mixtape Vol. 2A" is composed of a wide array of unpolished material including rehearsal takes, 7-inch versions, assorted demos, alternate mixtape mixes, and two experimental Lil' Wayne-referencing intro/outros. The Most Lamentable Tragedy, which has already been humbly self-described as "the most feverishly/breathlessly discussed Rock N Roll record of 2015" is now conveniently available for pre-order in a number of select formats.