Patrick Stickles offers this up this accusation: “You don’t know anything about New Jersey.” Well, there’s the flotsam and jetsam many of us unfortunately associate with New Jersey and there’s Titus Andronicus‘ New Jersey that’s bursting with life, community, heartfelt rallies, and basement parties. In another amazing Tom Scharpling joint, the band traces their way up the eastern seaboard of New Jersey showcasing another rock and roll gem from last year’s The Monitor. “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future” celebrates their pride in The Garden State — this is their tattoo of their home and an ode to all of Jersey’s beauty and scars, from Little Egg Harbor all the way up to Jersey City.
This is Titus Andronicus’ third music video (previously this one and this one) that continues to focus on the band’s performance, which leaves nothing left to be desired. The presence of Stickles’ evocative face is something Scharpling captures well, and even though it’s pretty clear that the clime during the shoot wasn’t exactly t-shirts and shorts weather, the whole grey skies and winter coats theme details further the sway of Jersey. For a band that underpins many of their songs with themes of battles and war, we see here that any fight is easily won if you keep your friends and some rock and roll at your side.
Visit Cluster 1 to watch the video, along with a special introduction from Cluster 1 host and New Jersey’s own Sami Jarroush.