Why See The Mountain Goats?
John Darnielle Battles Dragons On Tour
Despite his pluralised moniker, John Darnielle remains the sole driving force of Californian indie pop rock outfit The Mountain Goats. With an ever-evolving roster of live and recording musicians surrounding him, Darnielle revels in his goth-tinged melancholy, fusing a winning combination of wry insight and black humour in his lyrics (which earned him the accolade of 'America's best non-hip-hop artist' by the New Yorker) with lingering melodic hooks and satisfying song craft. Darnielle brings his spell-binding songwriting to venues across America to support his brand new album In League With Dragons.
Prolific to say the least, the enigmatic performer and longtime Dungeons & Dragons fan explores new territory on his 17th album. Exploring the realms of fantasy and sci-fi, the record began its life as a rock opera about a fictional coastal land called Riversend that's ruled by a good-hearted wizard. Darnielle has also turned his talents to novel writing, having penned Wolf in White Van, a novel about a reclusive game designer, in 2014.
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