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TISM Continue Reissue Series By (Not) Announcing New Single

Weeks after launching a new series of reissues, TISM have continued matters by (sort of) alluding to plans of a new single.

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Defunct Melbourne outfit TISM have continued to keep fans engaged, alluding to the release of a new single in the coming weeks.


Just two weeks after launching their new series of reissues with a live album and completely silent vinyl pressing, Melbourne pub-rock icons TISM have now continued matters with the non-announcement of a forthcoming single.

The news was broken via a press release from David Roy Williams Entertainment that was shared onto the band’s website, and – in typically-confusing TISM fashion – vehemently denies the existence of any forthcoming single.

“TISM will not be releasing a 7” single in December 2020,” the message begins. “Neither will a 7” single be released in October 2020. The team at David Roy Williams have probably not unearthed two previously unreleased TISM nuggets of pure gold, and even if they have, they totally would not tell you what they were.”

The message continues by noting that none of the content on the recently-announced live album, On Behalf of TISM I Would Like to Concede We Have Lost the Election, will be released individually, neither will any of the silence included on The TISM Omni-Album.

“Please, move forward with your lives, safe in the knowledge that we guarantee that for the majority of November there will be absolutely zero TISM singles released,” the message ends, before including the artwork for the group’s forthcoming live album.

An additional press release was sent out to retailers on Tuesday morning, which stated that a new single will be issued on 7″ vinyl in late November. Despite this news, the content of the single remains unclear: “We are not announcing the title,” the seperate press release states. “You’ll have to trust us that it’s a killer track.”

Despite TISM having officially broken up at the end of 2004, this past year has been surprisingly fruitful for the band’s fans. In January, the group’s back catalogue made its long-awaited Spotify debut, while a live performance at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel was also issued as part of the Australian Road Crew Association’s Desk Tape Series in April.

Earlier in October, David Roy Williams Entertainment announced the launch of the aforementioned reissue campaign, with a live recording of the band’s final concert – at the 2004 Earthcore festival in Victoria – being released on vinyl and CD in early December. This was also paired by the announcement of the The TISM Omni-Album, an ambitious release which collects the entire track-listing, liner notes, and artwork of the group’s discography onto vinyl, albeit with the omission of the music itself.

While details regarding TISM’s forthcoming single are still be properly announced, the remaining copies of their live record and Omni-Album are available for pre-order now.