Titus Andronicus‘ now-beardless frontman Patrick Stickles has become something of a cover-seur of late, so it only makes sense he tackles Internet’s most infamous track of 2011: Lana Del Rey’s ”Video Games”. While it may seem otherwise based on the facial reaction screen captured above, Stickles says his performance was “intented to be very tonally pleasing, and not at all ironic or funny” because ” I HAVE BEEN THE MAN IN THAT SONG” and it’s a “GOOD ASS DEPICTION OF A REAL SOCIETAL PROBLEM.” More of his #realtalk, via Twitter:
“What I mean is, there have been shameful moments in my past when I have been emotionally unavailable to a good woman. That was fucked. Why was I so emotionally unavailable? Because I was scared, and couldn’t receive love b/c I didn’t love myself. Self-hate makes love a lie. Point is, I didn’t want to tell these girls ‘all the things I [wanted] to do’” because I was scared to ask for them, 2 scared to hear ‘no.’ ‘Girl, there is a pain in my heart you can never understand. Buzz off and let me play San Andreas.’ Man, this song is really real.”
So, without further adieu, give a listen to Stickles’ piano-driven LDR cover, recorded live in his parents’ living room earlier today.