For a dude my age I probably like Titus Andronicus too much. I’ve written about it on this blog before, but I think they’re one of the most exciting young bands in the indie and punk music scenes. To sum it up with not-too-annoying-but-not-too-informative dose of simplicity: they write great lyrics and they play great music. I was able to see a few shows last year (it’d be a lot cooler for me to brag about the fact that I saw at least four or five performances last year if I were about ten years younger, but WHATEVER), 2011 lacked any new Titus recordings. According to frontman Patrick Stickles’ relentless Twitter stream, however, the group’s been in the studio working on new material for #LP3, which is going to be released sometime in 2012.
Stickles stopped by Tom Sharpling’s The Best Show last night and FINALLY debuted a new Titus song. It’s currently available for streaming via WMFU’s website, and according to Consequence of Sound it’s called “Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape with the Flood of Detritus (Andronicus).”
Following a brief interview from the oddball radio host that also directed one of Titus’s videos, as well as a live rendition of another new song by Stickles (“My Eating Disorder”), the song premieres at the 2:37:00 mark. The song is different than The Monitor but not a complete departure— the anthemic composition, repeated refrains and catchy riffs are still present, but Stickles’ signing sounds gruffer and his lyrics are less distinguishable. Maybe the guy’s getting bitter in his older, more famous, and less bearded days. According to Sharpling, the song features fellow Jersey Boy Ted Leo on backup guitar. It also features a brief (but long enough) “oi oi oi” chant, if that’s your kinda thing.
Looking forward to #LP3!