The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle loves to tell stories to his audience. Playing in support of Merge Records' reissue of the band's seminal All Hail West Texas, the band kicked off its tour last night at the 9:30 Club, but it was part concert, part campfire tale: Darnielle and bassist Peter Hughes told more than an hour [...]
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This is John Darnielle’s chance to get away from himself. The mythology of the Mountain Goats frontman—former drug fiend, former abused stepson, and current acoustic-guitar throttler—has dominated his band’s material for much of the past decade, but on its current tour, those tales might take a backseat. At this performance, it’s just Darnielle and longtime bassist [...]
Transcendental Youth is the latest album from The Mountain Goats, singer-songwriter John Darnielle’s primary outlet for stories of heartbreak, ecstatic pride, drug addicts, memories, and monsters. The new record is also the band’s first LP with a full horn section. That [...]
Lest you be confused: Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle's current collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Franklin Bruno is called The Extra Lens. His last collaboration with Bruno was called The Extra Glenns. It's the same project. Sort of.
Let Darnielle explain:
"It didn’t really have any brand loyalty."
"The Palace Brothers used to change their name every album or so—it’s equal parts annoying [...]