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The Mountain Goats Share New Song Murder At The 18th Street Garage

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 Written by Jon Stickler
Photo: Jackie Lee Young Photography

The Mountain Goats have released a new single.

Coupling elements of punk and folk, Murder At The 18th Street Garage offers storytelling lyrics over relentless percussion and effervescent, driving guitars. Commenting on the track, frontman John Darnielle said:

"Rather than being coy about it let me tell you that somebody gets killed in this song, which is, at best, a short-term solution to Jenny’s problems, not that I’m saying she herself did anything. It’s her word against his now and he can’t talk any more and she’s long gone by the time the EMTs get to 18th street. Under oath I will testify that she was with me, because I am with her. I knew when I wrote this tune that Wurster-Hughes Inc. would eat it up like a big tasty snack, and guess what, they did. Lace up your dancing workboots but wear some inserts because this one’s a sprint."

Following Clean Slate and Fresh Tattoo, it marks the third early single from their new album, 'Jenny From Thebes', out on October 27 via Merge.  Dedicated to "Jenny", a character the band first introduced on their 2002 album 'All Hail West Texas', 'Jenny From Thebes' serves as a sequel to that album and follows up 2022's 'Bleed Out'. 

The Claremont, California-based four-piece will accompany the LP with previously scheduled US shows throughout October, followed by dates in December.

The Mountain Goats Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Mon October 02 2023 - SOLANA BEACH California - Belly Up Tavern (USA)
Tue October 03 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - Belasco (USA)
Thu October 05 2023 - SAN FRANCISCO California - August Hall (USA)
Fri October 06 2023 - SAN FRANCISCO California - August Hall (USA)
Sat October 07 2023 - SACRAMENTO California - Ace of Spades (USA)
Mon October 09 2023 - SPOKANE Washington - Fox Theater Spokane (USA)
Tue October 10 2023 - BOISE Idaho - Knitting Factory Boise (USA)
Wed October 11 2023 - BOZEMAN Montana - Elm Bozeman (USA)
Fri October 13 2023 - BOULDER Colorado - Fox Theatre Boulder (USA)
Sat October 14 2023 - ENGLEWOOD Colorado - Gothic Theatre (USA)
Fri October 27 2023 - LUBBOCK Texas - Cactus Theater Lubbock (USA)
Sat October 28 2023 - DALLAS Texas - Longhorn Ballroom (USA)
Sun October 29 2023 - HOUSTON Texas - Heights Theatre (USA)
Fri December 01 2023 - GREENSBORO North Carolina - Hangar 1819 (formerly The Blind Tiger) (USA)
Sat December 02 2023 - WILMINGTON Delaware - Queen Wilmington (USA)
Sun December 03 2023 - PORTLAND Maine - Aura (USA)
Tue December 05 2023 - SOUTH BURLINGTON Vermont - Higher Ground Ballroom at Higher Ground - Complex (USA)
Wed December 06 2023 - HARTFORD Connecticut - Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (USA)
Thu December 07 2023 - BUFFALO New York - Town Ballroom (USA)
Fri December 08 2023 - HOMER New York - Center For The Arts Of Homer (USA)
Sun December 10 2023 - PITTSBURGH Pennsylvania - Thunderbird Cafe (USA)
Tue December 12 2023 - ATHENS Georgia - Georgia Theatre (USA)
Wed December 13 2023 - PENSACOLA Florida - Vinyl Music Hall (USA)
Thu December 14 2023 - ST PETERSBURG Florida - Floridian Social Club (USA)
Fri December 15 2023 - JACKSONVILLE Florida - Intuition Ale Works - Jacksonville (USA)

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