The Mountain Goats release new song “Sicilian Crest”

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Today, The Mountain Goats have released a new song called “Sicilian Crest.” It is the latest track to be released from their new album, In League With Dragons, which will drop on April 26th via Merge Records.

Additionally, today marks the debut of season two of John Darnielle’s Podcast I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats. The podcast is co-hosted with Welcome to Night Vale co-creator Joseph Fink, and was recoded over several months while The Mountain Goats were recording their new album. This will provide fans an unprecedented behind the scenes look into the creative process as it was happening, and even hearing some original demos for each track on the album. The first episode is a breakdown of “Sicilian Crest” and can be found here.

“‘Sicilian Crest,’ lyrically, is more reminiscent of early Mountain Goats than anything since a couple of the songs on Heretic Pride — but began life as an in comprehensible title in a notebook, has its genesis in playing around at the piano with my son while a Moridira Hurricane & a Fender Twin on standby stood close at hand, and ended up being a cryptically political dance number with shades of New Order or the Alarm,” explains Darnielle on the new song and podcast. “My bandmates are going to kill me for referencing The Alarm in this announcement, and one of them will kill me twice if I don’t mention that the Alarm’s drummer’s name was ‘Twist.’ So, should the worst come to pass, please enjoy my funeral, and in the meantime please enjoy this episode of I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats.”

Additionally, The Mountain Goats will be heading out on a 50-date tour that begins later this month and runs through November. Find all of those dates below.

Tour dates:

Apr 26 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (SOLD OUT)
Apr 27 Rehoboth Beach, DE – Dogfish Head Brewery (SOLD OUT)
Apr 28 Boston, MA – The Wilbur (SOLD OUT)
Apr 30 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel (SOLD OUT)
May 01 Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall (SOLD OUT)
May 03 Montreal, QC – L’Astral
May 04 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
May 05 Toronto, ON – Phoenix
May 07 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 08 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 09 Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theater
May 10 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
May 11 Memphis, TN – 1884 Lounge (SOLD OUT)
May 13 Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theater
May 14 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
May 15 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)
May 16 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)
May 17 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Jul 17 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Jul 18 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar (SOLD OUT)
Jul 19 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (SOLD OUT)
Jul 20 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Jul 22 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
Jul 23 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
Jul 24 Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre*
Aug 16 Hickory, NC – Music in the Mill 
Aug 28 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
Aug 29 Jackson, WY – Pink Garter Theatre
Aug 30 Billings, MT – The Pub Station
Aug 31 Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
Sep 01 Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theater
Sep 04 Seattle, WA – The Showbox (SOLD OUT)
Sep 05 Seattle, WA – Neumos (SOLD OUT)
Sep 06 Vancouver, BC – Imperial Vancouver
Sep 07 Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
Sep 09 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Sep 10 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater (SOLD OUT)
Sep 12 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (SOLD OUT)
Sep 13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (SOLD OUT)
Sep 14 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
Sep 16 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Sep 17 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Sep 18 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Nov 09 Slaktkyrkan – Stockholm, SE
Nov 10 Rockefeller – Oslo, NO
Nov 11 Pustervik – Gothenburg, SE
Nov 14 De Helling – Utrecht, NL
Nov 15 02 Shepherds bush empire – London, UK
Nov 16 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK (SOLD OUT)
Nov 17 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK (SOLD OUT)
Nov 18 St Luke’s – Glasgow, UK
Nov 20 Button Factory – Dublin, IE
Nov 22 Sala 0 – Madrid, ES
Nov 23 Café Torgal – Ourense, ES
Nov 24 Lisboa ao Vivo – Lisbon, PT