Titus Andronicus have shared a surprise Halloween-themed EP titled Home Alone on Halloween, streaming now via Merge Records. A limited run of pumpkin-orange 12-inch vinyl pressings are available as well, and will ship through the Merge store. And just in case things weren’t spooky enough, the record’s catalog number is MRG666.
The EP features three songs recorded during the sessions for the band’s latest release, A Productive Cough, including a remix of the song “Home Alone” off that record, with the new mix featuring a turn from frequent collaborator Matt “Money” Miller. “Only a Hobo” is about a different sort of horror: A cover of an oft-forgotten Bob Dylan song, the track takes a look at a life of destitution and squalor. The punk odyssey “A Letter Home” closes out the EP, clocking in at nearly 17 minutes and 1,200 words.
Frontman Patrick Stickles explained his take on the nature of spookiness in a statement. “Death is not scary,” he said. “Everyone has to die, but not everyone gets to die surrounded by love with the satisfaction of a life well-lived. What frightens me, far more than ghouls or goblins, is knowing that I may yet face the former without the comfort of the latter.”
Titus Andronicus will be embarking on their American Rock Band Tour for the remainder of the year—find a full list of dates further down.
If you’re not too existentially terrified, stream or buy Home Alone on Halloween here. And if you need more indie-rock novelty vinyl to soundtrack your Halloween escapades, take a look at Deerhoof’s take on The Shining’s soundtrack.
Listen to “A Letter Home” below and while you’re at it, check out Titus Andronicus’ 2008 Daytrotter Session.
Titus Andronicus Tour Dates:
12 – New Haven, Conn. @ Space Gallery%
13 – Northampton, Mass. @ Pearl Street%
14 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Asbury Hall%
15 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Cattivo%
16 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Now That’s Class%
17 – Columbus, Ohio @ Skully’s Music Diner%
18 – Bloomington, Ind. @ The Bishop%
19 – Chicago, Ill. @ Bottom Lounge*
20 – Davenport, Iowa @ Raccoon Motel [SOLD OUT]*
22 – Lawrence, Kan. @ Bottleneck*
23 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Off Broadway*
24 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Hi Tone Cafe
25 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Basement East*
26 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade (Hell)*
27 – Durham, N.C. @ Motorco*
28 – Richmond, Va. @ Capital Ale House*
30 – Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar^
31 – Jersey City, N.J. @ Monty Hall^
01 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ House of Independents^
02 – Jersey City, N.J. @ Monty Hall [SOLD OUT]^
03 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Market Hotel^
(% w/ Summer Cannibals)
(* w/ Ted Leo [solo])
(^ w/ Spider Bags)