Titus Andronicus Announce New Album, Drop 'Number One (In New York)' Single & Plan First Acoustic Tour

Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus
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Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus performs at Saturn Birmingham on Sept. 17, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The last time Titus Andronicus released an album was in 2015 when the band introduced us to the sprawling, insanely ambitious The Most Lamentable Tragedy, a rock opera about manic depression. And because Titus is one of the best rock bands going right now, they pulled it off; it was one of our favorite albums of that year. So, it’s exciting news that they’re about to return with a new album, A Productive Cough. Billed as having a “subtler, more spacious approach,” the album finds Titus mastermind Patrick Stickles highlighting the more ballad-oriented side of his project, though with plenty of room for characteristically sprawling, ambitious rockers as well. And, yes, the album features a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” in case you doubted the “ambitious” part.

Along with the announcement, we get our first preview of A Productive Cough via its opening track, “Number One (In New York).” It’s a good glimpse at exactly what an album of Titus “ballads” could sound like — which is to say, though it may begin as a spare piano-based track, “Number One" gradually piles on the layers and instrumentation, alongside Stickles’ intensifying vocal, until it feels like it’s going to explode. It has a scope not dissimilar from the most expansive tracks on 2010’s The Monitor, building to a dramatic conclusion as evocative as the finest Titus tracks. It’s also accompanied by a video directed by Ray Concepcion.

Check it out below.

A Productive Cough tracklist: 

1 “Number One (In New York)”
2 “Real Talk”
3 “Above the Bodega (Local Business)”
4 “Crass Tattoo”
5 “(I’m) Like a Rolling Stone”
6 “Home Alone”
7 “Mass Transit Madness (Goin’ Loco’)”

The band also announced their “first-ever ‘acoustic’ tour” in support of the album, in which Stickles and pianist Alex Molini will be performing as a duo: 

March 7 — Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston

March 8 — Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

March 9 — Providence, RI @ AS220

March 10 — Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot

March 11 — Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

March 13 — Toronto, ON @ Great Hall

March 14 — Detroit, MI @ El Club

March 15 — Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

March 16 — Madison, WI @ The Frequency

March 17 — St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

March 18 — Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

March 19 — Denver, CO @ Globe Hall

March 20 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

March 22 — Boise, ID @ Treefort Festival

March 23 — Seattle, WA @ Crocodile

March 24 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

March 27 — Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery

March 28 — San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

March 29 — Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place

March 31 — Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater

Apr. 2 — San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Apr. 3 — Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Apr. 6 — Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Room

Apr. 7 — Austin, TX @ Barracuda

Apr. 8 — Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

Apr. 10 — Birmingham, AL @ Saturn

Apr. 11 — Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

Apr. 12 — Durham, NC @ The Pinhook

Apr. 13 — Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel

Apr. 14 — Philadelphia, PA @ UArts Black Box

Apr. 15 — Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Ballroom

A Productive Cough is out 3/2 via Merge. Pre-order it here.

This article originally appeared on Stereogum.