“The first thing you see is the light”, wails Titus Andronicus’ frontman Patrick Stickles on what is, in my eyes, the best garage punk song you’ll ever hear.
Entitled ‘My Time Outside The Womb’, the track tells a tale of growing up in a wonderfully poetic manner that’s utterly bleak. The guitars are scruffy and the drums are simplistic, but the overall tone provides a fuzzy feeling of happiness, largely thanks to the upbeat arrangement that bounces and thumps.
“The first thing you see is the light.
Then you focus on a man in a mask with a knife,
As he cuts you away from everything you thought you knew about life.
Now you’re in your mother’s arms, wrinkled and wet.
You’re going to spend the rest of your life trying to hard to forget,
That you met the world naked and screaming,
And that’s how you’ll leave it.”
Taken from their debut album, The Airing Of Grievances this track was the first time I was introduced to the band. And from that one lyric, I was hooked.
Since the release of their debut album, Titus Andronicus have gone on to release a further two records; The Monitor and Local Business, both of which literally ooze with an unpolished grittiness that I find simply alluring.
Long live Titus Andronicus! (The enemy is everywhere).