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The Mountain Goats announce UK tour dates. New album ‘In League With Dragons’ out 26 April

February 15, 2019

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS
ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
NEW ALBUM, IN LEAGUE WITH DRAGONS 
OUT APRIL 26 ON MERGE RECORDS

Following on from the announcement of a new Mountain Goats album titled, In League With Dragons (April 26 / Merge Records)John Darnielle and Matt Douglas have announced a European tour this November – UK & Ireland dates below.  

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


In League With Dragons surges with wild tales of revenge and redemption, heroes at a crossroads, and great figures in decline. Listen to the first single, “Younger” HERE
 
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.

 
Pre-order links: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/the-mountain-goats-in-league-with-dragons
http://smarturl.it/TMG-Dragons

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