Fans have waited three years since Titus Andronicus released their last LP Local Business, the longest gap between albums for the New Jersey punk outfit. However, with the group’s The Most Lamentable Tragedy finally due out July 28th, Titus Andronicus have dropped a mixtape to help ease the suspense of those final few weeks. Dubbed Sorry About the Delay – a presumable nod to Lil Wayne’s ongoing between-albums Sorry 4 the Wait mixtape series – the 21-track SoundCloud features demo versions and rehearsals of a few Most Lamentable tracks.
In addition to streaming it below, you can download the entire Sorry About the Delay over at the Titus Andronicus site. The mixtape revolves around four songs from their band’s upcoming concept album: “Stranded (On My Own)” features seven different iterations, from a 2013 demo tape to a 7″ version. The previously released “Dimed Out” shows up in its demo and first-take forms, while “Come On, Siobhan” appears five times, including a Patrick Stickles solo version.
The Sorry About the Delay tape is filled out by three takes on “Fatal Flaw” and a hard-rocking demo for the non-Lamentable cut called “No Means No.” The tape is bookended by a pair of long form improvisations titled “Sorry About the Delay” and “Really Sorry About the Delay.”
Titus Andronicus’ The Most Lamentable Tragedy will be a five-act rock opera about a nameless, distraught protagonist, who meets a stranger that looks just like him, but acts completely different. Their encounter sends the protagonist on an existential odyssey “through past lives and loves, to the shocking revelation that the very thing that sustains him may be the thing to destroy him,” a press release for the album promised.