Indie/folk/punk rock quintet Titus Andronicus came all the way from New Jersey to rock the Neurolux last night. The crowd was sparse, with roughly thirty people in attendance, but that didn’t stop the band from bringing the heat. The set was fast, loud, and full of energy from both the band and audience.
Titus Andronicus opened the set with “A More Perfect Union,” the first track off its second and latest album, the highly acclaimed The Monitor (XL Recordings). The band seemed confident and locked in, running through stellar renditions of “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future” and “Titus Andronicus” in which the band and audience loudly embraced their collective nothingness in chants of, “you will always be a loser” and “your life is over,” respectively.
The sound mix at the Neurolux was the best it’s ever been, allowing the band to blast the audience in full, clear force. During a particularly rousing version of “Four Score and Seven,” the group collectively transformed a slow, relaxing verse into a five-headed wall of sound that had the whole audience wiggling and head banging in celebration.
The music was relentless; the group’s notably long songs seemed to bleed into each other, with the band adding touches of harmonica, keyboard, violin and storytelling to their brand of traditional folk and punk rock. The performance was powerful, and by the end of the night, the whole audience was in the hands of Titus Andronicus. Not a bad way to spend a Monday evening.