The Mountain Goats!
|Photo from Merge records – Photo by DL Anderson|
You thought I was going to post a picture of actual goats on a mountain, didn’t ya? Well, I almost did. But I thought better against it.
This The Mountain Goats is a band fronted and founded in 1991 by John Darnielle, who released a bunch of material under The Mountain Goats name without having a full-time backing band. Bass player Peter Hughes joined full-time in 2002, with drummer Jon Wurster joining in 2007. Wikipedia says that We Shall All Be Healed is an autobiographical record about “Darnielle’s life with a group of friends and acquaintances addicted to methamphetamine in Portland, Oregon, though the album is set in Pomona, California.”
At first listen, the music and lyrics remind me a bit of Robyn Hitchcock (maybe not the music style, necessarily, and Robyn’s backing band tends to be a bit better produced, as in the drums and bass sound more full & deep), and the sound of John’s voice reminds me of the singer for The Thermals, Hutch Harris. Or maybe it’s more like Liz Phair, musically. Anyway.
Clearly I’m not a deep Mountain Goats listener. Yet. I like the indie feel to the album and the stories that John tells. I’ll definitely be playing this & other Mountain Goats records more.
What about you? What’s your experieince with this record? Let’s club The Mountain Goats. (That’s just a figure of speech. No Mountain Goats or mountain goats should be harmed.)