Titus Andronicus spent much of the past week Twitter-hyping an online “press conference” they’d be conducting live on YouTube. The press conference turned out to be frontman Patrick Stickles talking for nearly two hours, showing off his favorite 7″ singles and explaining, in some detail, his interest in the number seven. (Titus have released seven 7″ singles in seven years, for instance.) All this led up to the announcement of a new subscription series of 7″ singles, which starts this week. The first single in the series is a reissue of the band’s first single, 2007′s “Titus Andronicus” b/w “Fear And Loathing In Mahwah, New Jersey,” and it’ll come with a bonus disc that’ll feature two of the band’s earliest songs, “Arms Against Atrophy” and “Talking Oral Fixation Blues.” Every other disc in the series, though, will be a split single, and the first of those will feature a fiery new Titus song called “Stranded (On My Own)” (which is not, despite the title, a Saints cover), as well as “Sport,” from the new band Wicked Kind, which features Titus members Eric Harm and Julian Veronesi. Below, listen to “Stranded (On My Own)” and “Sport,” watch the new old-footage video for “Talking Oral Fixation Blues” and, if you feel like it, check out the full press conference.
That first 7″ is out 7/7, and “Stranded (On My Own)” b/w “Sport” is out 8/25. Only 400 subscriptions are available, and you can buy one now. There will be a release party 7/7 at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium, and Titus will play with Wicked Kind. It’s good to see the beard back!