The Mountain Goats Goths

Goths Album Art

Goths Tracklist:

01. Rain in Soho
02. Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds
03. The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement
04. We Do It Different on the West Coast
05. Unicorn Tolerance
06. Stench of the Unburied
07. Wear Black
08. Paid in Cocaine
09. Rage of Travers
10. Shelved
11. For the Portuguese Goth Metal Bands
12. Abandoned Flesh

From Peter Hughes of the Mountain Goats:

The theme this time around is goth, a subject closer to my heart perhaps than that of any Mountain Goats album previous. And while John writes the songs, as he always has, it feels more than ever like he’s speaking for all of us in the band, erstwhile goths (raises hand) or otherwise, for these are songs that approach an identity most often associated with youth from a perspective that is inescapably adult. Anyone old enough to have had the experience of finding oneself at sea in a cultural landscape that’s suddenly indecipherable will empathize with Pat Travers showing up to a Bauhaus show looking to jam, for example.

But underneath the outward humor, there is evident throughout a real tenderness toward, and solidarity with, our former fellow travelers—the friends whose bands never made it out of Fender’s Ballroom, the Gene Loves Jezebels of the world—the ones whose gothic paths were overtaken by the realities of life, or of its opposite. It’s something we talk about a lot, how fortunate and grateful we are to share this work, a career that’s become something more rewarding and fulfilling than I think any of us could have imagined. We all know how easily it could’ve gone the other way, and indeed for a long time did.

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The album was recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN. All packaging formats include spot-gloss detail and feature artwork by Leela Corman. Pre-orders will ship to arrive on or around the release date of May 19.

CD
– 16-page booklet with full lyrics packaged in a jewel case

2-LP (Standard)
– black double vinyl pressed at 45 rpm
– gatefold jacket with full lyrics
– full download

3-LP (Limited-edition Deluxe)
– vampire red double vinyl pressed at 45 rpm
– gatefold jacket with full lyrics
– bonus tracklight green 12” with four ambient non-album tracks
– full download of album and bonus non-album tracks

3-LP + CD + Pin
– bundle includes deluxe limited edition 3-LP and CD of Goths
– enamel pin
– will ship together to arrive on or around May 19 release date

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John Darnielle on “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds”:

This song began its life on a 1973 Guild while I was at the beach a couple of summers back; I wrote the first verse and the chorus and then I put it away. In the darkness of my desk-drawer it gathered strength and plotted its return to the surface. I revisited it after I’d decided to not have any guitars on the next album, and finished writing it on the piano, which accounts for the mild McCartneyisms of the changes in the bridge, which are things I can’t really do on a guitar. In the lyric, I imagine one of my teenage heroes, Andrew Eldritch, returning to the town where the band worked and played when they were young. His friends give him a hard time about ending up back where he started, but not because they’re mad: it’s good to see an old friend wearing the marks of time on his hands and face like well-loved tattoos. So shall it be in these times: your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions, and Andrew Eldritch, whose music has reached spirits in every corner of the globe, will move back to Leeds.

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The Mountain Goats 2017 Tour Dates:

04/01 – Cary, NC @ Bond Brothers Beer Company
04/06 – Perth, AU @ Badlands
04/07 – Adelaide, AU @ Fowler’s
04/08 – Adelaide, AU @ The Ed Castle
04/09 – Marrickville, AU @ The Factory Theatre
04/11 – Melbourne, AU @ The Toff
04/12 – Richmond, AU @ Corner Hotel
04/13 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Bay Bluesfest
04/14 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Bay Bluesfest
05/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
05/23 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
05/25 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
05/26 – New Orleans, LA @ The Republic
05/27 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
05/28 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
05/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater
06/01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
06/02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
06/04 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
06/05 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
06/23 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
06/24 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre *
06/26 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall *
06/27 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
06/28 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
06/30 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
07/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverband Music *
07/02 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center *
07/05 – Papillion, NE @ Sumtur Amphitheater *
07/06 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooley’s
07/07 – Saint Paul, MN @ The Palace Theatre *
07/08 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
07/09 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
07/11 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The Washington Pavilion *
07/12 – Saint Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House *
07/13 – Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM@UCO Performance Lab
07/14 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater *

* = w/ Jason Isbell


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