Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus on how a lot of rock and roll is just about re-appropriating

Titus Andronicus, an outfit named after arguably the bloodiest of Shakespeare's plays, trades in an exuberant, unvarnished melodic brand of rock that's infused with plenty of the energy you'd expect from a punk band. At the same time, the act could never be confused for a conventional punk band, and that's partly because these guys aren't trying to adhere to a perceived punk de rigueur. -- even though there's a rebellious spirit and an unabashedly clever, yet irreverent, social critique at the center of the songs. We recently spoke with Titus frontman Patrick Stickles about Hunter S. Thompson, the origins of some of the band's most laughter-inducing song titles, his love of the band Pulp and how a lot of rock and roll is just re-approriating other stuff.

See also: Titus Andronicus at the Larimer Lounge, 11/19/12

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.