New Release: The Mountain Goats – The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums

Photo Credit: Jade Wilson

Dark in Here, the forthcoming album from the Mountain Goats, was recorded at legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. It’s a quieter and smokier batch of songs when compared to the rich and vibrant hues of its sibling “Memphis” record, last October’s Getting Into Knives. Perhaps no song better functions as Dark in Here’s sonic and emotional cornerstone than “The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums”…

“The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums” features luminous backing vocals from Susan Marshall and Reba Russell, known for their work with everyone from Rev. Al Green to Lynyrd Skynyrd to U2.

From the Mountain Goats’ bassist Peter Hughes: “John Darnielle concedes that “The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums” is an autobiographical one. While the lines, “In a new universe / trying to find the mask that fits me” would take on a newly literal connotation … the song is about going to metal shows at Fender’s Ballroom in Long Beach, California, in the late ’80s, and more broadly, about seeking a sense of identity and community in strange and occasionally forbidding places.”

Dark in Here arrives June 25th, followed by a Summer US tour…

Aug 06 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Aug 07 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Aug 08 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Aug 10 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Aug 11 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Aug 12 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Aug 13 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
Aug 15 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Aug 16 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Aug 19 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Aug 21 – Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s
Aug 23 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
Aug 24 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
Aug 25 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
Aug 26 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sep 16 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater*
Sep 17 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre*
Sep 24 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts Center*
Sep 25 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios*
Sep 26 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest Cafe at the ArtsQuest*

*John Darnielle solo

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