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Titus Andronicus Share Holiday Single 'Drummer Boy'

Titus Andronicus Share Holiday Single 'Drummer Boy'

Tickets for their upcoming tour dates will go on sale Friday, November 18th at 10:00 AM (local time).

Having released one of the year's most celebrated rock albums and dazzled ecstatic fans across America, Titus Andronicus have much to celebrate.

Today, they are cranking up the festive mood yet another notch with the release of their first-ever standalone holiday single, "Drummer Boy," and the sharing of plans to ring in the new year with additional tour dates across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

"Drummer Boy" takes the music of Billy Joel's evergreen anthem "Piano Man" and uses it to tell the story of the nativity from the perspective of "The Little Drummer Boy," made famous in the 1958 Christmas classic of the same name by the Harry Simeone Chorale.

The result is an instantly memorable new addition to the winter holiday canon, sure to please not only fans of Titus Andronicus and Billy Joel, but also "Weird Al" Yankovic and even the Peanuts gang, as bassist R.J. Gordon recites the passage from The Gospel of Luke which was immortalized by Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas to stirring effect.

"I first connected the dots between the great Billy Joel song and the beloved Christmas standard several years ago, but it got tossed onto the pile with so many of my other crazy ideas," singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles explains.

"Things being how they are, though, I may not have the luxury of time to execute all those crazy ideas, so when we had two days off in Montreal on our recent tour, we figured we'd grab the reindeer by the antlers and cross this one off the list, so as to avoid the pain of eternal regret. Also, I've noticed a lot of discourse recently about what constitutes a legitimate 'parody' lately, and I'd like to get a piece of that action."

To create this sterling new addition to the Christmas canon, Titus Andronicus reunited with The Will to Live producer Howard Bilerman at his Hotel 2 Tango recording studio in Montreal, QC, adding a dash of jingling cheer to the "Ultimate Rock" sound which earned The Will to Live such acclaim. Also contributing to the wholesome fun are members of the Canadian rock band Partner, as well as once-and-future Titus Andronicus tour companions Country Westerns.

To make things even cozier, "Drummer Boy" comes packaged in an official lyric video that doubles as a "fireplace for the home," ensuring that no listener will go without a proper hearth this holiday.

The celebration does not end once the wrapping paper and pine needles are swept away, however, as Titus Andronicus will resume their rigorous touring schedule in February, undertaking an already-announced run of concerts in the UK and Ireland (beginning February 2nd in Limerick), and a brand new heap of North American concert appearances which will carry the Rock Fan's Rock Band from sea to shining sea (beginning February 28th in Pittsburgh). Tickets for all these dates will go on sale Friday, November 18th at 10:00 AM (local time).

Concert tickets are the perfect gift for the Titus Andronicus fan in yr life, but if you are feeling particularly generous, there are plenty more options to be found at Merge Records or the official Titus Andronicus internet store.

Watch the new music video here:

Titus Andronicus Tour Dates

Feb 3 Limerick, IE - Pharmacia

Feb 4 Dublin, IE - The Grand Social

Feb 7 Edinburgh, UK - The Mash House

Feb 8 Glasgow, UK - Broadcast

Feb 9 Manchester, UK - YES (Pink Room)

Feb 10 Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall

Feb 11 Sunderland, UK - Pop Recs

Feb 13 Nottingham, UK - Bodega

Feb 14 Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds

Feb 15 Cardiff, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach

Feb 16 Brighton, UK - The Hope and Ruin

Feb 17 London, UK - Moth Club

Feb 18 London, UK - Moth Club

Feb 28 Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird

Mar 1 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop

Mar 2 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge

Mar 3 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

Mar 4 St Paul, MN - Turf Club

Mar 5 Fargo, ND - Aquarium

Mar 7 Great Falls, MT - Newberry

Mar 8 Spokane, WA - Lucky You Lounge

Mar 9 Vancouver, BC - Fox Theatre

Mar 10 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern

Mar 11 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios

Mar 14 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's

Mar 15 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel

Mar 16 Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst

Mar 17 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

Mar 18 San Diego, CA - The Casbah

Mar 21 Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge

Mar 22 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad

Mar 23 Denver, CO - Globe Hall

Mar 28 Omaha, NE - Slowdown

Mar 29 Iowa City, IA - Gabe's

Mar 31 Bloomington, IN - Bishop

Apr 1 Columbus, OH - Big Room Bar

Apr 2 Richmond, VA - Richmond Music Hall

Apr 4 Washington, DC - Black Cat

Apr 5 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar

Apr 7 Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes

Apr 8 Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere (Hall)

Jun 1 McGill, NV - Schellraiser Festival

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