With any mention of Titus Andronicus so too quickly trails the comparisons to Bruce Springsteen. Similar to The Boss, the punk quintet tend to express a complicated relationship with their hometown, rooted in themes of profound dissatisfaction and stagnation. Disparately, instead of lamenting the emotional plight of the working class, the band offers a more punkish look at being a drunken loser. Still, a comparison to the work of Bruce Springsteen is complimentary, so it is no wonder Titus Andronicus tackled the classic “Glory Days.”
Released via lead singer Patrick Stickles’ Twitter, “Glory Days” was recorded with help from members of the So So Glos at the end of a Titus rehearsal at Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium. The cover finds a more loose sound than the original, with classic Titus Andonricus traits like multiple band members singing and shouting at once. Even with the semi-sloppy sound, the cover maintains a sense of veneration for the original song, and Liam Betson offers an impressive Bruce Springsteen vocal imitation. Stickles tweeted that “‘Glory Days’ is an essential song because it speaks about a very real phenomenon – u know people be sitting around talking about the past.” (via Consequence of Sound)
Shea Stadium All Stars – Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen cover)
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