American indie-band ‘The Mountain Goats’ have today announced a series of UK dates. The gigs follow the release of the critically acclaimed LP ‘Beat The Champ’ that was released in April.
The tour will begin with frontman John Darnielle, on a series of solo string of dates, but bring the rest of the band (including Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster) will then join for the full group shows that will go on throughout the end of the tour.
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You can read read below John Darnielle’s telegram-styled statement, below.
“I’M AT HOME IN THE WOODSHED STOP IT SMELLS AWESOME IN THE WOODSHED STOP I KNOW USUALLY WHEN PEOPLE BRING UP SMELL THEY’RE ABOUT TO SAY SOMETHING SMARTASS BUT I’M SERIOUS STOP THE WOODSHED IS AWESOME BECAUSE IT SMELLS LIKE WOOD STOP CEDAR PINE REDWOOD HICKORY YOU SIMPLY HAVE TO LOVE THE SMELL OF TREES STOP TREES GENERALLY REALLY STOP SO THE WOODSHED IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE AS LONG AS YOU DON’T GET TOO SENTIMENTAL ABOUT THE TREES STOP BECAUSE TO DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO IN THE WOODSHED SOME STUFF HAS GOTTA GO DOWN WITH THE TREES STOP ANYHOW STOP
I PERSONALLY WILL BE EMERGING FROM THE WOODSHED IN LATE AUGUST STOP I WILL PREPARE A PATH FROM THE WOOSHED STOP WE AS A BAND WILL EMERGE FROM OUR INDIVIDUAL WOODSHEDS ON 2 OCTOBER IN KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE TO COMPLETE THE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF BEAT THE CHAMP STOP WE WILL PLAY EIGHT SHOWS STOP THEREAFTER WE WILL DEPART FOR EUROPE AS PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED STOP WHEN WE HAVE RETURNED FROM THE EUROPEAN SHOWS I WILL BE BARRICADING MYSELF IN THE WOODSHED WHERE I AM HARD AT WORK ON AN ALTAR STOP IT’S AN ALTAR TO TREES MADE OUT OF TREES STOP IT’S A VERY SELF-REFERENTIAL ALTAR STOP
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE MOUNTAIN GOATS ON THE BEAT THE CHAMP TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA THESE EIGHT SHOWS ARE YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY TO DO STOP PLEASE JOIN US ON THE BY FOR AND ABOUT THE TREES SOUTHEASTERN TOUR FALL 2015 STOP WE WILL NOT BE PLAYING RUSH’S “THE TREES” WE DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF CHOPS STOP”
The full set of ‘Mountain Goats’ dates are as follows…
12th November 2015 – Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
13th November 2015 – Glasgow, Scotland – Art School
14th November 2015 – Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
15th November 2015 – Manchester, England – Gorilla
17th November 2015 – Bristol, England – Trinity
18th November 2015 – Brighton, England – Komedia
19th November 2015 – London, England – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire