Posted in music | pictures on December 3, 2012

photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Andrew Sacher

"Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall tonight aka what all rock & roll should be" - Alison McCarthy

"Ceremony. Most aggro pit I've ever seen. Lots of punching. @ Webster Hall" - Dave Surgan

Titus Andronicus @ Webster Hall, 12/2/2012
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus wrapped up their tour with Ceremony in NYC last night at Webster Hall (12/2) after playing Maxwell's in Hoboken the night earlier. But before either band took the stage, Buffalo's Lemuria treated the crowd to a set of their raw Thermals-y pop punk. The place couldn't have been more than half full for their set but Lemuria still looked like they were having the time of their lives and delivered as such. You can catch them in NYC again opening for Fucked Up at Warsaw on December 21 with Night Birds and Parquet Courts. TIckets for that show are still available.

Next up was Ceremony, who, like their Matador labelmates Fucked Up, have been bringing real-deal punk rock to the indie kids, so when they were tapped to open on tour for Titus it sounded like it made a lot of sense. And I can't judge the other 40 something dates on the tour, but at Webster Hall they hardly came off like an opener. In fact, I'd be curious to know how many people bought tickets just to see Ceremony and left after their set. The second Ceremony's drummer, who was donning a Titus Andronicus 'Local Business' shirt, began the drum intro to their opening set, a massive pit broke out and the kids only got more intense throughout the set. Bassist Andy Nelson actually addressed the pit later on in the show: "I know it's really hard to be a white male in America and you have to let out a lot of aggression, but when you punch people you don't know in the face, you look fucking ridiculous." And he actually got a lot of cheers for saying that. On the band's newest record (and their Matador debut), Zoo, they again evolved their ever-changing sound, in favor of Stooges-y garage punk, and cuts off that album like "Hysteria" and "Citizen" fit right into the band's ruthless live show. But before leaving the stage, they played a few songs their early powerviolence days "for the punk kids."

Finally, a few minutes after 10:30, Titus Andronicus took the stage, with frontman Patrick Stickles returning the favor of their tourmates, decked out in a Ceremony tee. With no more than the quick floor tom roll that kicks off Local Business, Titus went into that album's opener, "Ecce Homo," and as they do on tour and on record, seamlessly transitioned into "Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter." Local Business has received some (unfair) criticism, much of which is due to living in the shadows of the epic The Monitor, but the fans still love it. There were just as many fist-raised singalongs during the Local Business tracks as there were during "No Future Part Three, "Titus Andronicus," "A More Perfect Union," and the number of other older favorites they played. Titus didn't inspire too much moshing like Ceremony before them, but the masses of fans jumping around had Webster's floor shaking and the stage diving never ceased on the fans' end, and Patrick leapt into the crowd once himself.

One of the things Local Business has become known for is the fact that it's the first record Titus recorded with the same lineup they tour with, and that really came across at the show. It was no longer the Titus Andronicus led by Patrick Stickles, who produced a Civil War epic, putting together a band to take on the road with him. And the results were pretty humbling. Patrick has always felt very much like the frontman at TItus shows -- and he is and deserves to appear that way -- but on this tour he comes off as a member of a band, and for people who embrace DIY aesthetics and local business as much as they do, those communal elements are a big deal. The band have learned a few other new tricks for this tour too, like Patrick ending "(I Am the) Electric Man" with "I am the electric man. Now you know. But there's still something I gotta know..." and then whipping out The Contours' "Do You Love Me." They also learned a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" for this tour, which after repeated cheers from the crowd they came out to play as an encore. Patrick prefaced the encore with, "We don't usually do this, but if you insist..." and from the looks of past setlists, it's true.

At the show, Patrick mentioned he and the guys are headed to catch Neil Young at the Barclays Center tonight (12/3), and while they didn't play any of Neil's songs last night, they did play "Down by the River" in Neil's hometown of Ontario at their Lee's Palace show (11/27), and you can watch a video of that cover below. He also mentioned on stage that they'll be the surprise guests at the now sold out Tom Scharpling-presented Sandy benefit at The Bell House on Friday (12/7) with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Chris Elliott, John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner, and Andrew W.K..

The "Down by the River" video and two videos from the Webster Hall show are below, along with video of Ceremony on Last Call with Carson Daly.

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Titus Andronicus - "Down by the River" (Neil Young cover) at Lee's Palace - 11/27/12

Titus Andronicus - "Titus Andronicus" at Webster Hall - 12/2/12

Titus Andronicus - "Do You Love Me?" (The Contours cover) at Webster Hall - 12/2/12

Ceremony on 'Last Call with Carson Daly'

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Comments (36)

Titus Andronicus is awful.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:02 PM

WHAT TIME DID THE EVERYMEN GO ON?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:08 PM

I had tickets to these guys at mercury lounge on new year's. Couldn't give the tickets away.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:11 PM

"bringing real-deal punk rock to the indie kids" - vomit

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:14 PM

"The most aggro pit I've ever seen"

If you had seen Ceremony as recently as 2 years ago, you would feel like an idiot after making that statement.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:16 PM

Covering Do You Love Me is like so ironic man.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:21 PM

This was easily one of the best shows of the year. Enough said.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:22 PM

"Easily one of the best shows of the year" is easily one of the emptiest statements of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:34 PM

More like Tinnitus Andronicus.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:36 PM

"Bassist Andy Nelson actually addressed the pit later on in the show: "I know it's really hard to be a white male in America and you have to let out a lot of aggression, but when you punch people you don't know in the face, you look fucking ridiculous." And he actually got a lot of cheers for saying that."

Dooshes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:39 PM

Don't get the hatred on this blog towards Titus Andronicus. Thought this might be a letdown after the Dino Jr show on Saturday, but they were fantastic in their own right (not comparing the two bands or shows, of course, different animals). A powerhouse live band.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:52 PM

Come on 3:52, what's your connection to the band? They get a lot of shit on this site for two reasons, 1, they used to be somewhat legit when they played DIY places and the fact that they suck was less noticeable and 2, they sold out to the man.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 4:31 PM

Ceremony qualify as punk rock?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 4:46 PM

Once again; the worst commenters on the internet. Titus was great at Maxwells.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 4:57 PM

the show last night was so so so so so so good

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 5:05 PM

4:31 how did they sell out to the man? I mean I guess they are on a decently large label (XL) but not a major. And when was the last time you ever heard Titus' music in an Ad?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 6:09 PM

I miss when Ceremony played small intimate venues and didn't put out crap like Zoo. You cannot compare a Ceremony show in 2012 to one from just a year ago.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 6:42 PM

The only thing better than Titus' lyrics are 10th grade girls' facebook statuses.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 6:50 PM

Last night show was awesome....One thing that bothers me in New York is that in most shows 99% of the people doesn't move at all...you never see that in Titus Andronicus concerts...I was personally hit by one of the guys jumping off the stage but it was a small pain compared to the joy of being there screaming, pushing and jumping with the crowd. One of the best moments was when one of the kids coming from the crowd unplugged the Patrick's guitar. He stopped playing just to plug back and restarted as nothing had happened, so humbling to see that.
And the music was great too as always, but in some songs from "The Monitor" are different now as the band is playing now with only 4 guys.

I recorded the video of "Brown Sugar" and I posted on You Tube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHjzyS-KicQ

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 9:20 PM

6:42 nailed it. Zoo has a few good songs, but it's mostly terrible. The shows arent nearly as good. They really hit their stride with Rohnert Park. I'm not one of those close-minded goons who thinks it all went down after Violence Violence, and that song should only be 30 seconds long, but there was definitely something lost along the way.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 10:40 PM

I saw that goon that the bassist was talking about. Complete asshole. Was just launching his body full speed into a crowd near the back, took out a bunch of girls and broke some guys nose I'm sure.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 11:00 PM

i bought a ticket and left after ceremony.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 5:23 AM

The show was incredible. But Webster Hall's really fucked up. Someone I was with was dehydrated and banged up from being on the outside of the Ceremony pit. The bathroom attendants wouldn't let her go to the sink to rinse her face without standing in the toilet line for five minutes, even though the sinks were free. And the only water she could get was a bottle for $5. Overcharging for a beer at a concert venue is traditional, but charging $5 for the only water you can get? That's some Woodstock '99 shit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 8:28 AM

"The Real Deal Punk Rock.....next....on Last Call with Carson Daly."

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 9:04 AM

All the drink prices at Webster Hall are outrageous. Bowery may put on those shows, but they don't establish the drink prices, which are reasonable at their own venues.

And still waiting for @4:31 to explain just how Titus has sold out to the man. Ceremony was boring.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 9:31 AM

Anyone who likes Titus Andronicus is a moron.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 10:00 AM

^^Thanks for the intelligent contribution to the discussion.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 10:30 AM

I keep feeling like this band's a sham and everyone who likes them is just fucking with me...

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 11:17 AM

Lemuria was fun, Ceremony was OK. Originally planned on staying to see Titus as well, but ended up leaving early.

When Ceremony's bassist made that comment, I thought he was referring to everyone who was moshing, but it sounds like there was someone in particular who was being a dick? They will always be a hardcore band to a lot of kids, and as long as they keep playing old material, I suppose there are going to be people stage diving and moshing during their sets.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 12:57 PM

@12:57, there were like 3 or 4 guys who were being way over the top violent. I thought the pit was fine for the most part.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 2:36 PM

Remember when Ceremony was a hardcore band? That first album was a real banger. I have definitely punched people in the face to that band before they turned in PC punk retards.

Posted by pack your fist full of cake | December 4, 2012 4:55 PM

You guys are all goddamn cretins. Titus Andronicus forever!

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 10:34 PM

TA = BETA MALES

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 10:56 PM

before one calls a group of people douches, it's probably a good idea to know how to spell it. douche.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2012 8:53 PM

10:56 nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2012 9:12 PM

I love Titus Andronicus

Posted by usi interior | February 1, 2014 5:54 AM

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