((The Mountain Goats)) Band Profile and Upcoming New York City Concerts - Oh My Rockness

John Darnielle is a troubadour in the truest sense. In what is essentially a solo project with a revolving door of musicians, Darnielle utilizes his nasal (love it or hate it) voice and frantic acoustic guitar strumming to weave lyrical and highly metaphorical tales, epic in scope and dysfunctional in nature. At least I'm pretty sure they're dysfunctional, as oftentimes I have no idea what he's talking about. But with songs about vultures and Linda Blair, functional would be the last adjective I'd use.

Beyond prolific, The Mountain Goats have put out dozens of releases on over a dozen labels. Darnielle honed his songwriting craft while working as a psychiatric nurse at a California State Hospital. While there, he began to release his albums on cassettes (and only cassettes) and continued to do so for years.

Lately he's made nice with compact discs. The Mountain Goats' most recent release, We Shall All Be Healed, seems destined for legendary status. There's nothing categorical or cliché about this band. They're wonderfully weird with a strangeness that truly satisfies. It's Darnielle's world. We just scratch our heads and say, "Huh?" in it.
Published September 05, 2007



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