As far as I’m concerned, Titus Andronicus is perfect — in a shambling, gloriously imperfect way, of course — so it’s a bummer to hear that their show on New Year’s Eve was bassist and founding member Ian Graetzer’s last with the band. In typical grand fashion, frontman Patrick Stickles explains on the the band’s blog:
If you were at the show, you also maybe heard me saying something about how it was our dearly beloved bassist Ian Graetzer’s last show with the band. Well, the reason that I said that was that it was true – Ian isn’t in the band anymore. Shocking, I know, considering that Ian has been in the band since the very beginning (in fact, he and I were the two guys who decided to form the group) and been present for every glorious victory, every bitter defeat, and all the innumerable, interminable hours in between. Not anymore, gang.
He continues, after the jump:
“What is the deal?” you may be asking, “Do you guys, like, hate each other now or something?” No, we don’t hate each other. In fact, the months since Ian announced his departure plans (yes, the months!) have been some of the happiest and friendliest in all of our organization’s history. The simple fact is that Ian is a man of multitudinous passions, a man who is full of ideas and ambitions and who is always generating plans and schemes and million dollar ideas, a man for whom the road of life is going to be long and carefully, considerately trodden, with many rewards and adventures for the picking along the way… Between his future plans (which is not for me to speak of, besides that I don’t fully understand them, but I can say that they have something to do with the world of visuals rather than sounds) and his ongoing position of power and responsibility at the venerable Kingsland Printing, there just aren’t going to be six months of this new year where Ian can put all of his concerns aside and sit around the van like we have always done.
We feel you, Patrick. Both on and off the stage Graetzer operated as the stoic force to Stickles’ seemingly crazyman impulses (he took care of a large portion of the band’s business operations, in addition to being the calm, cool, collected bassman), so here’s hoping that the new guy/gal, whoever that may be, can replicate that elusive “something” that these two shared since forming the band in 2005. There won’t be a ton of time before their next show, a benefit for the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls at Mercury Lounge on February 10, but when it comes to Titus, we have nothing but faith. Soldier on boys (and girl)!
(Via Toronto Sun)