Takes on the (Absurd) World
By Max Blau
Patrick Stickles likes to find meaning in the meaninglessness of life. Since forming Titus Andronicus, he’s offered a broad collection of his own philosophical punk musings—touching on everything from existentialism to morality to his own absurd individual existence.
The way he’s communicated those ideas within the context of his group, however, has continuously evolved. On “Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ”—the band’s first song off their first album, The Airing of Grievances—Stickles unassumingly meanders through the song’s opening verse, before unleashing a big, old, vociferous “FUCK YOU!”
Throughout that album...