Live: The Mountain Goats Announce 2019 UK Tour

Following on from the announcement of a new Mountain Goats album, In League With Dragons, released April 26th, John Darnielle and Matt Douglas have announced a European tour this November

Dates as follows…

November 15 – London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
November 16 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
November 17 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
November 18 – Glasgow, St Luke’s
November 20 – Dublin, Button Factory

In League With Dragons surges with wild tales of revenge and redemption, heroes at a crossroads, and great figures in decline. Says John Darnielle of In League With Dragons

“This album began life as a rock opera about a besieged seaside community called Riversend ruled by a benevolent wizard, for which some five to seven songs were written. When I’m focusing on a project, I always distract myself from the through-line with multiple byways, which are kind of like mini-games within the broader architecture of a long video game. As I worked on the Riversend stuff, weird noir visions started creeping in, probably under the influence of Leonardo Sciascia (a Sicilian author, he wrote mysteries) and Ross MacDonald’s The Zebra-Striped Hearse, which a friend from Port Washington gave me while I was in the thick of the writing. I thought these moods helped complicate the wizards and dragons a little, and, as I thought about my wizard, his health failing, the invasion by sea almost certain to wipe out half his people, I thought about what such a person might look like in the real world: watching a country show at a midwestern casino, or tryout pitching for an American League team years after having lit up the marquees. Finally, I wrote the title track, which felt like a drawing-together of the themes in play: rebellion against irresistible tides, the lush vistas of decay, necessary alliances. I am earnestly hoping that a new genre called “dragon noir” will spring from the forehead of nearly two years’ work on these songs, but, if not, I am content for this to be the sole example of the style”

In League With Dragons was produced by Owen Pallett, engineered by Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell, John Prine) and recorded by The Mountain Goats – songwriter and guitarist Darnielle, drummer Jon Wurster, bassist Peter Hughes, and multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas – at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. Robert Bailey contributed additional vocal arrangements and strings performed by the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra