“The thesis [of The Monitor] is that we all have to be accountable for our happiness. Our hero—well, it’s me, but I’ll refer to him in the third person—he’s not necessarily that happy with himself but he finds solace in the self/other relationship, and is able to define himself positively only in relation to others who he defines negatively. The character feels a lot of angst, and ennui, and is able to pass the buck onto the enemy that we hear so much about throughout [the album]. But ultimately, in the end, he finds that’s what the other guys were doing. He finds that in the end, we’re all the same, we’re all slugging it out because it’s something to do, it’s easier than taking responsibility. In the end, nobody wins and nobody ends up making any progress, just like how the Monitor ultimately couldn’t destroy the CSS Virginia. The Virginia ended up being blown up by its own crew, and the Monitor was brought down by engine failure. Ultimately we can only be responsible for our own happiness, our own self-actualization or, if we chose, our own destruction. In the beginning of the record, there’s that quote by Abraham Lincoln that says, “As a nation of free men, we will either live forever or die by suicide.” Our point is that ultimately, we have to be responsible for defining ourselves positively, and not by absence, which is a symptom of our own post-modern nightmare. But ultimately, like any human, I’m just bouncing around on a big old spaceship I can’t possibly understand.”
baconisbetterthanlove: your favorite bands, white stripes, dr. dog, white denim? the raconteurs? aaaanddd the greenhornes?
Pretty spot on..the first three are definitely on top. I guess those are like my core three bands. Any spots after that can be any number of bands. Titus Andronicus is definitely high on my list too