The Mountain Goats Talk "Goths"
Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:52:49
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When people think of The Mountain Goats, it is often John Darnielle who comes to mind. But on the band's new album Goths, the California-founded, North Carolina-based quartet looks to step away from that notion. As Darnielle says, "What I'm sort of trying to attack with this is when people focus so much on my personality with the band. That made sense up to about 2000, but that was 17 years ago. To focus singularly on me at this point is really bizarre. I still do solo shows. If I'm doing a solo show it makes sense to just talk about me and my stuff, but short of that it has been at least two people for 17 years, and it has been at least three for 10, and four now for the past couple."
In that sense, Goths is certainly a step in a new direction for the Mountain Goats. For the first time in the band's history, bassist Peter Hughes wrote and sings a verse. The new album is closer to Peter's heart than anything Darnielle and company have done in the past, "Peter has always had lot more love for synth pop than I have. He's a huge Cure fan, a huge Joy Division fan, but he also has a high tolerance for bands like the Thompson Twins," explains John.
Goths, recorded without any of Darnielle signature guitar, centers itself around that popular youth subculture that first got started in late 1970s, early 1980s England with Robert Smith and Co. The sound throughout the record comes from Darnielle's Fender Rhodes, which gives the album its nostalgic feel.
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