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Titus Andronicus has sent out a rallying call to everybody in its home state of New Jersey asking them to premiere their new video for "No Future Part III: Escape From No Future" on April 29. The clip, directed by WFMU host, writer, comedian, and Jerseyite Tom Scharpling, is "a love letter" to the state, in which "the band travels to The Pine Barns, the suburbs around Lakewood, Asbury Park, and New Brunswick before finally ending up in Jersey City." (That's a still from it above.)
It seems simple enough to participate -- "All Jersey residents, publications, websites, and institutions public or private" just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org, and XL will send you a "DVD, QuickTime file, [or] embed code."
Lead Titus Patrick Stickles had this to add: “Throughout our career, we in the rock and roll band Titus Andronicus have gone to great lengths to celebrate our New Jersey heritage. We know well how our state has a way of instilling in its citizens a certain sense of underdog pride - for all of its faults and flaws, it is home, and for all that we may dream of escaping it, we never hope to forget it. These themes of regional identity, the way that a sense of heritage informs our behavior, run throughout our latest album, The Monitor, and with this video we intend to manifest them visually."
Coincidentally, the band will be playing a sold-out show at the Hoboken institution Maxwell's on Friday, April 29.
Elsewhere in the world of this Jersey punk powerhouse, they recently stopped by the A.V. Club's "Undcercover" studio to play a killer version of the They Might Be Giants classic "Birdhouse In Your Soul", complete with a sample of Charles Bukowski's "Bluebird". Watch the video below.