“In A Massive City”
The initial time Patrick Stickles inverted 1 of his largest influences, it was obvious. Taking one of the most iconic lines in rock history (“cause tramps like us, infant we had been born to run”) and turning it into a nihilistic call to arms (“…born to DIE”), he nodded towards Bruce Springsteen although making a bit of a mockery of his signature escapism.
The second time he inverted Springsteen was on “In A Large City,” the one particular track on Local Organization that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the giants of The Monitor and The Airing of Grievances. “In A Huge City” is less an outright mockery of Springsteen’s romanticism than a weary repudiation of it. Even though Stickles once stated “I realized also late I never should’ve left New Jersey,” right after The Monitor, he indeed chose to spring from the confines of the Garden State into the far more bristly arms of the ultimate lost young person mecca, Brooklyn.
More than muscly, anthemic riffs marshaled along by one particular of the most powerfully efficient performances longtime Titus drummer Eric Harm ever gave, Stickles grapples with how his move to the “Big City” appears to have robbed him of his sense of individuality.
“I grew up on one particular side of the river/I was a disturbed, unsafe drifter,” he snarls, referring to increasing up on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. “Moved more than to the other side of the river/Now I’m a drop in a deluge of hipsters,” he continues, in the process giving off far more of a get-off-my-goddamn-lawn vibe than he probably ever intended.
A single 1 hand, his beloved group has “made it” (“And some of my dreams, are coming true”), but on the other, even his move across the Hudson can not rid him of the skeletons in his closet (“And some of the smoke from the other area is seeping by way of/and some other ghost in another tomb is screaming also.”) Confident the concept of flying the coop and sprinting into the cultural epicenter of America might be intoxicating, but you do spend a price on entry.