- 3XLP Deluxe Edition. Vampire red double vinyl + bonus tracklight green 12”.
RELEASE DATE // May 19, 2017
/ Merge Records
/ Rock, Indie rock
The Mountain Goats have announced a new album, titled Goths, a follow-up to 2015's Beat the Champ. Recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, by Modest Mouse and Swans producer Brandon Eggleston and features members of the Nashville Symphony Chorus.
"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." - Peter Hughes of the Mountain Goats
The deluxe limited edition comes with the album on double vinyl, and a bonus 12" with four non-album tracks.
1. Rain in Soho
2. Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds
3. The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement
4. We Do It Different on the West Coast
5. Unicorn Tolerance
6. Stench of the Unburied
7. Wear Black
8. Paid in Cocaine
9. Rage of Travers
11. For the Portuguese Goth Metal Bands
12. Abandoned Flesh
13. For the West Coast Dark Ambient Bedroom Warriors
14. Scaling the Well
15. Vanishing Act
16. Grave Dust