Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

The Mountain Goats have shared the newest track off their forthcoming album Jenny From Thebes. “Recent Tattoo” options Bully’s Alicia Bognanno, plus Matt Douglas and Evan Ringel on horns, with further vocals from Matt Nathanson. Hear it, and take a look at the band’s just-announced winter tour dates, beneath.

Jenny From Thebes is the sequel to the Mountain Goats’ 2002 album All Hail West Texas. Darnielle mentioned the creation and significance of “Recent Tattoo” within the assertion beneath.


John Darnielle:

I wrote “Recent Tattoo” over the course of a number of classes on the piano in March of 2022. I felt an affinity for the story in it and for the way it developed, and I used to be happy with the track. In December that yr, I despatched it to my outdated pal Matt Nathanson, who hosted the open mic evening the place the Mountain Goats received their begin again within the early nineties. Come sing on my track, man, I mentioned, I wouldn’t even be right here with out you. I will be there, he mentioned.

Typically once I go into the studio, I fret that we gained’t have the ability to translate my alone-with-an-instrument imaginative and prescient to the large room. However what my band, and Trina Shoemaker, and Alicia Bognanno, and good outdated Matt Nathanson did with it exceeded even my highest expectations. When [drummer] Jon [Wurster] breaks into straight 4/4 on the track’s climax it looks like a high-performance automobile rising from a flip right into a straightaway at 120mph at daybreak someplace on the plains.

“Recent Tattoo” is the flashpoint within the story of who Jenny is and the way she got here to depart Texas. In it, she will get a tattoo of a defend on her arm, and, on her method residence, sees a man who wants assist. This might be her final lodger, and it is her first tattoo, and the day will show to be decisive in her story. Listening to Matt put down the harmonies on it in Tulsa earlier this yr was the most effective moments I’ve ever had in my musical life; it meant a lot to make one thing new with him, I would not even be right here with out him. I’m very completely satisfied to share it with the world immediately.


The Mountain Goats: 

10-02 Solana Seashore, CA – Stomach Up Tavern
10-03 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco
10-05 San Francisco, CA – August Corridor
10-06 San Francisco, CA – August Corridor
10-07 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
10-09 Spokane, WA – Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
10-10 Boise, ID – Knitting Manufacturing unit
10-11 Bozeman, MT – The Elm
10-13 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
10-14 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
10-27 Lubbock, TX – Cactus Theater
10-28 Dallas, TX – Longhorn Ballroom
10-29 Houston, TX – Heights Theater
12-01 Greensboro, NC – Hangar 1819
12-02 Wilmington, DE – The Queen
12-03 Portland, ME – Aura
12-05 Burlington, VT – Larger Floor
12-06 Hartford, CT – Infinity Corridor
12-07 Buffalo, NY – City Ballroom
12-08 Homer, NY – Middle for the Arts of Homer
12-10 Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Music Corridor
12-12 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
12-13 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Corridor
12-14 St. Petersburg, FL – The Floridian
12-15 Jacksonville, FL – Instinct Ale Works

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