The Mountain Goats + Special Guests
The Haunt, Brighton.
Selling FAST! MV presents: The Mountain Goats + support
14+ only. 14s to 15s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets.
North Carolina's indie-folk favourites The Mountain Goats return with their most ambitious album to date 'Goths' out on Merge Records.
Throughout the 1990s, The Mountain Goats were known for producing low-fidelity home recordings (most notably, on a cassette deck boombox) and releasing recordings in cassette or vinyl 7" formats. Since 2002, The Mountain Goats have adopted a more polished approach, recording studio albums with a full band, while still maintaining organically emotional lyrical motifs. Now officially a four piece (with the inclusion of musician Matt Douglas), the band recorded their latest album 'Goths' in the legendary Blackbird Studios in Nashville.
The theme this time around is 'goth', a subject closer to the hearts of the band than one may think.The identity is most often associated with youth however songwriter John Darnielle looks on this theme from a perspective that is inescapably adult.
Track 'Rain in Soho' includes the ethereal voices of the sixteen members of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and a driving piano, with a turbulent lament that gathers force. It's a good introduction to the sound of the new album, where TMG have decided to do away with guitars and instead look at piano as the foundation instrument of choice. The change in arrangement has added a new avenue for melody and song structure. The lo-fi elements are always there but this time it's a lo-fi that glistens and basks. It's a testament to the steady heart and soul of a band that knows its identity but challenges you to find it with them.
The Mountain Goats have collaborated with the likes of St. Vincent, Franklin Bruno, Erik Friedlander, were handpicked by Jeff Magnum of Neutral Milk Hotel to play ATP Festival in 2011, and have supported John Green and Hank Green at a special Carnegie Hall 'Evening of Awesome' performance.
[On previous album 'Beat The Champ'] "John Darnielle shares Haines' nostalgic affection for the stars of Martial pantomime, and deploys his deadpan indie rock and trademark wordiness to fine effect." - Uncut ****
"Theatrical, impassioned, and occasionally heartbreaking, Beat The Champ distills the very essence of classic Mountain Goats into another compelling album." - Line of Best Fit ****