Aug 9, 2015

Titus Andronicus' last album and... Miracleman

Miracleman sketch by Barry Windsor-Smith.
Excerpt from an interview with American band Titus Andronicus focused on their fourth studio album titled The Most Lamentable Tragedy. The complete interview is available here.

"My biggest literary influence on this album was the comic book Miracleman, by Alan Moore. Miracleman, and Watchmen to a lesser extent, was an introduction to me for a lot of Nietzschean concepts. He was my other biggest influence, but I came to understand most of his ideas and how they applied to my own life through Alan Moore. Alan Moore was my Nietzschean interpreter. That's really pretentious.

They've led me on a journey. . . to discover the concepts that I find that pique my interest, that are relevant to my personal concerns. That whole übermensch thing, and the fact that the Miracleman comic talks about it — it would create a lot of fucked-up situations if it were real. That, to me, became an allegory for myself when I am a maniac. That's when I did every good thing I've ever done: write all the songs that everybody likes; put on a wild, entertaining show; deliver a boisterous, outlandish interview — all this stuff. I can do that stuff when I'm way up, but it's not the whole story of my life. That's the part that everybody likes, and yet, in my personal life, it's the part that everybody hates. It makes for a very annoying situation at home, because I can't turn it off
." [Titus Andronicus leader Patrick Stickles]

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