The Mountain Goats
Wednesday 18th November 2015
The Weather Station + The Hornblower Brothers
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £20 / £22
North Carolina indie-folk three piece The Mountain Goats (Merge Records) return to Brighton with new album Beat The Champ.
The songs in new album, Beat the Champ are about the simple and beautiful stories of professional wrestling as seen by fans who need something simple in their messy lives. It looks at the complicated and beautiful lives of the people who work in professional wrestling, who do their best to entertain, to leave a mark, and, when all else fails, to survive.
Beat the Champ is a gorgeous album that sees the Mountain Goats expand themselves musically, in startling and exciting ways. From jazz chord progressions over brushed cymbals, to a track that spirals out from verse and chorus into a slow, hazy piano solo, to pounding drums straight from a metal record; The Mountain Goats are a creative and versatile band.
The Mountain Goats have collaborated with the likes of St. Vincent, Franklin Bruno, Erik Friedlander, were handpicked by Jeff Magnum of Neutral Milk Hotel to play ATP Festival in 2011, and have supported John Green and Hank Green at a special Carnegie Hall ‘Evening of Awesome’ performance.
“The music is fantastically rangy, with discordant strings and jazz piano nuzzling punk-busker guitar.” – Rolling Stone
“Theatrical, impassioned, and occasionally heartbreaking, Beat The Champ distills the very essence of classic Mountain Goats into another compelling album.” – Line of Best Fit
Support comes from:
The Weather Station
“Plain but elegant, simple but intricate… Her songs feel very much like attempts to understand and appreciate the world in spite of its bitter ills; like the most basic forms of folk music, a term Lindeman readily embraces, they come with intent and aim.” – Pitchfork
The Weather Station is the project of Canadian songwriter Tamara Lindeman; folk music based in classic elements of songcraft – melody, tension, meaning. On the acclaimed All Of It Was Mine, and follow-up What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know, (both for You’ve Changed Records) Lindeman established herself as a songwriter’s songwriter, earning accolades for her delicate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, complex metaphors, and rich details of the everyday.
DJ set by:
The Hornblower Brothers
“Charmingly Shambolic” – The Guardian