Titus Andronicus have released a new song, ‘Give Me Grief’, lifted from their forthcoming album The Will to Live. Following the previously shared single ‘(I’m) Screwed’, the track is duet between singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles and former Titus Andronicus drummer Eric Harm. Check out a video for it below.
“Thematically, The Will to Live is an attempt on my part to reckon with the cruelest of life’s truths, which is that, the wider you open yr heart to the good things in yr life (love, hope, etc.), the more you expose yrself to life’s most harrowing pains,” Stickles explained in a statement. “A full and rich life demands a vulnerability that will inevitably be rewarded with intense suffering. I have had to think about this a lot over the past couple years, as my father lay in a 50-day medically induced coma with no promise of his eventual awakening, or as my cousin was laid far too soon in his grave, or as I shivered one dreadful Christmas eve outside the animal hospital, hoping that a last-minute blood transfusion might save my anaemic cat. These moments of agony could have been avoided had I simply closed myself off from the joys offered to me by those I love, but that is no way to live, and I force myself to move forward beckoning love in all its forms, however frightening a prospect. Grief is necessary, for without the threat of grief, there can be no love, and life without love is no life at all.”
The Will to Live will be released on September 30 via Merge.