Titus Andronicus Local Business on LP + Download
2012's Local Business (XL Recordings) is the third full-length album from the acclaimed New Jersey act Titus Andronicus. While their first two albums were elaborate concoctions, Local Business is of the Earth. Titus Andronicus the studious recording project and Titus Andronicus the raucous touring machine are no longer two distinct beings; there is only Titus Andronicus, rock and roll band. This is to say, it was recorded primarily live with precious few overdubs, with an elite squad of musicians.
The album was recorded in New Paltz, New York's Marcata Recording with producer/engineer/mastermind Kevin McMahon. The band recorded it in April and May of 2012 along with some special guests including longtime Titus session keyboardist Elio DeLuca, universally acclaimed violinist Owen Pallett, and Eric Harm's father Steven on harmonica. This tight-knit group is just one of the meanings behind the phrase Local Business.
While abandoning the linear narrative of their previous album The Monitor, the songs on Local Business aim to make explicit the implications of the first two LPs, that the inherent meaninglessness of life in an absurd universe gives the individual power to create their own values and their own morality. Along the way, we witness a devastating automobile wreck, a food fight (that is to say, a battle with an eating disorder), an electrocution, a descent into insanity, and ultimately, a forgiveness of the self for its many faults. Titus Andronicus even finds time to broaden its emotional palette here to include moments of pure positivity, brief respites from the usual doom and gloom.