The Mountain Goats announce new album, Goths, share “Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds” — listen

With more information to come during a Facebook Live event later this afternoon


    Photo by Jeremy Lange

    John Darnielle is having himself a good day. His latest novel, Universal Harvester, just hit the New York Times Bestseller list, and now his band, The Mountain Goats, has announced a new album. The indie folk outfit’s 16th (!) full-length follows 2015’s Beat the Champ, and like that previous release, it appears to be somewhat of a concept album.

    Entitled Goths, the record features track titles like “Wear Black”, “For the Portuguese Goth Metal bands”, and “Rain in Soho” (the last of which features members of the Nashville Symphony Chorus). From the looks of it, the album will be about the goth subculture in much the same way Beat the Champ was about underground wrestling.

    That’s definitely the case with the lead single, “Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds”. Using Sisters of Mercy frontman Andrew Eldritch as a vantage point, the song tells the tale of musty London clubs that used to beckon young dreamers from Leeds. Take a listen below.


    Due out May 19th on Merge, Goths was recorded at Blackbird in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Brandon Eggleston. If a note at the bottom of the Bandcamp pre-order page for the album is to be taken literally, the effort features “no comped vocals, no pitch correction, no guitars.” More information will likely be revealed during the Mountain Goats’ Facebook Live event scheduled for 4:00 PM EST today, February 22nd.

    Update: During the Facebook Live stream, Darnielle confirmed a few of the details about Goths. All the vocals were indeed recorded live, and there are no guitars on the album. It also marks the Mountain Goats’ first effort with woodwinds player/arranger Matt Douglas as a full-time member of the band.


    “The theme this time around is goth,” the band’s Peter Hughes wrote in a statement, “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.”

    Pre-orders are going on now via Merge. In addition to standard CD, digital, and double-LP versions, there’s a triple-LP package containing a bonus 12-inch EP called Selected Goths in Ambient pressed on track-light green vinyl called. The EP features ambient mixes of three of the album tracks plus one unfinished song called “Grave Dust”.

    Watch Darnielle discuss the album and play “Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds” on acoustic guitar below.


    Goths Album Artwork:


    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

    Mountain Goats have also announced a run of tour dates that includes shows with Jason Isbell.

    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