The Mountain Goats released their latest album on Merge Records, Beat The Champ, a collection of songs about professional wrestling.“I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I’m grown,” Darnielle says of Beat the Champ‘s 12 songs.
We are also excited to announce the Mountain Goats will be heading to the UK this November – a show not to be missed!
Thursday 12th November – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – BUY TICKETS
Friday 13th November – Glasgow, Art School – BUY TICKETS
Saturday 14th November – Dublin, Whelans – BUY TICKETS
Sunday 15th November – Manchester, Gorilla – BUY TICKETS
Tuesday 17th November – Bristol, Trinity – BUY TICKETS
Wednesday 18th November – Brighton, Komedia – BUY TICKETS
Thursday 19th November – London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire – BUY TICKETS
“the best storyteller in rock” —Rolling Stone
“an album of beautifully observed, fleshed-out portraits of half-forgotten warriors and their mythic lives” —Stereogum
“The great, strangely stirring new Mountain Goats record Beat the Champ is ostensibly a concept album about wrestling, but it’s also an album about fandom writ large — how the seemingly trivial art forms we follow can help us learn to love, escape, and survive.” —New York Magazine’s Vulture blog
“a profound songwriting voice” —NPR Music
“…witty, tender pieces to charm even those for whom wresting means Shirley Crabtree.” – Mojo
“Theatrical, impassioned, and occasionally heartbreaking, Beat the Champ distills the very essence of classic Mountain Goats into another compelling album.” –The Line of Best Fit