Brooklyn-based indie punks Titus Andronicus have signed with Merge Records and will release their fourth album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, on July 28. The album is billed as a “rock opera in five acts”; the double-CD/triple-LP behemoth can be pre-ordered here. The label explains:
“The central narrative of TMLT (“a work of fiction,” claims singer/songwriter Patrick Stickles) concerns an unnamed protagonist whom we meet in deep despair. Following an encounter with his own doppelgänger (an enigmatic stranger, identical in appearance though opposite in disposition), long held secrets are revealed, sending our protagonist on a transformative odyssey, through past lives and new loves, to the shocking revelation that the very thing that sustains him may be the thing to destroy him.”
You can hear the lead single “Dimed Out” below, which kinda sounds like Andrew W.K. trying to write a Bomb The Music Industry! song (or maybe vice versa).