They write good songs and play really cool progressive punk rock. Last week, they released their third album, Local Business. It’s quite excellent, so I am happy. Listen to and watch the video for the first single, “In a Big City” right here:
So when I saw a post on the always-excellent and entertaining Paste announcing Titus Andronicus’ North American tour, I was excited, for I may get the chance to see them (and some of those guitar solos) live.
Then I read the dates.
If you clicked that link and went through the cities and the dates, you’ll notice that all of the cities the band is visiting are American, with the exception of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
My heart sank.
Before I go further, I should clarify that this is not a rant against Titus Andronicus, or any other band, for that matter. It’s more a rant against overzealous promoters.
Anyway, my heart sank because that’s not a North American tour at all. It’s the United States and three cities in As Far Into Canada You Can Go Without Actually Going Into Canada. So I won’t be getting to see them any time soon.
The bigger problem here is that the label “North American tour” is only two-thirds true. Sure, they covered the continental U.S. and the Canadian cities that the rest of Canada despises/is secretly jealous of. But what of that tiny country to the south? Y’know, the one with four times the population of Canada?
Granted, maybe nobody listens to Titus Andronicus in Mexico. But still, you can’t call it a North American tour if you don’t visit even one city in the second most populated country in North America.
Be honest, concert promoters, and just call it a U.S./Canada tour.
Or tell the band to play a show in Tijuana. That’ll put some hair on their chests.
Ah, whatever. I’m going to throw on Local Business and sit back with some comics.