Titus Andronicus reveal ‘Rockers on the road’

Titus Andronicus reveal 'Rockers on the road' live dates,
Photo by Emily Joan Greene

Titus Andronicus , through their perennially punishing tour schedule, have become one of the hardest working bands in the business. Their album  S+@DIUM ROCK : FIVE NIGHTS AT THE OPERA will be available digitally 7/29 and physically 8/5 from Merge Records). Today, the band shares a live performance and video of “69 Stones.”

Today, +@ throw yet more fuel to that fire as they reveal the dates of this Autumn’s “Rockers On The Road” North American Tour. Following a special “sneak preview” on August 23rd in Washington, DC, Titus Andronicus will tour across the United States and Canada, commencing on September 8th at WFMU’s Monty Hall in Jersey City, NJ. +@ will be supported on select dates by up-and-coming Texan rock crusaders A Giant Dog as well as Happiness, a new Rhode Island quartet featuring members of Deer Tick, including erstwhile +@ guitarist Ian O’Neil.

“69 Stones” is a song about, “the weight that we all carry and the biological imperatives which keep us carrying it year after year, however arduous the task may seem,” explained +@ singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles. “The same urges which keep our animal friends on the hunt motivate we humans too – perhaps this is also what keeps +@ on the road, compulsively rocking as we will do.”

S+@DIUM ROCK will be available digitally July 29, 2016.
Aug 23 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Sep 8 Jersey City, NJ – WFMU Monty Hall
Sep 9 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts %
Sep 10 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar %
Sep 11 Richmond, VA – The Camel %
Sep 13 Durham, NC – The Pinhook %
Sep 14 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight %
Sep 15 Nashville, TN – The High Watt %
Sep 17 Birmingham, AL – Saturn %
Sep 18 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa %
Sep 20 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger %
Sep 21 Austin, TX – Barracuda %
Sep 22 Dallas, TX – The Loft %
Sep 23 Norman, OK – Opolis %
Sep 24 Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall %
Sep 25 Iowa City, IA – The Mill %
Sep 27 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon %
Sep 28 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge %
Sep 29 Detroit, MI – El Club %
Sep 30 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace %
Oct 1 Atlanta, GA – Project Pabst
Oct 4 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall ^
Oct 5 Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace ^
Oct 6 Rockville Center, NY – Cannon’s Blackthorn ^
Oct 7 Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel ^
Oct 8 Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel ^
% – w/ A Giant Dog
^ – w/ Happiness

Sixty-nine stones, sixty-nine stones
I’ve been carrying sixty-nine stones
All my life, I am bound to roam
And I’ll be carrying sixty-nine stones
I’ll be carrying sixty-nine stones

The will to live is an awful curse
Upon an earth that’s just a lot of dirt
Whenever it is that yr getting hurt
That’s just the will to live doing its work
It puts the mold on food that’s old
It turns an insect straight into an infestation
It pushes the weed up from beneath concrete
But hey, what can ya say, babe?
We all gotta eat

It makes its blessed home
Wherever teeth rip flesh from bone
It’s the prize of the survivor
Behind the eyes of hungry tigers

That will to live won’t leave me alone
Feels like carrying sixty-nine stones
Feels like carrying sixty-nine stones