Merge – March 2nd

From their civil war-elegising breakthrough The Monitor, Titus Andronicus have managed to posit themselves as one of their generation’s true all-American rock bands. Now on their fifth album, and the first since Trump came to power, frontman Patrick Stickles is exploring his homeland’s current divisions alongside his own personal turmoil through the warm lens of the 1970s. As Stickles himself points out, this is the group’s first release on which the rich instrumental arrangements are not obscured by a wall of overdriven guitars, but brought to the forefront. The fury of the previous albums is still abundant, but this time around it feels like Titus Andronicus are having a hell of a lot of fun: and boy how we need that right now.

Buy: Titus Andronicus – A Productive Cough