The Mountain Goats announce new album “Bleed Out”

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Watch the video for the first song from it below.

The Mountain Goats have announced the release of a new album ‘Bleed Out’ described as a “cinematic experience inspired by action movies from the 60s, 70s and 80s” and produced by Bully’s Alicia Bognanno. ‘Bleed Out’ is available for pre-order now on “High-Velocity Spatter” red marble, double Peak Vinyl, CD, or cassette in the Merge store or the Mountain Goats’ band store and is released on 19th August 19th via Merge Records.

Bleed Out’s lead single ‘Training Montage’ which you can watch the video for below, lovingly documents the getting-ready-for-battle scene in any action movie regardless of provenance and loudly declares its intentions: “I’m doing this for revenge.” Heavily informed and influenced by their historic settings, the new album is “all pent-up energy and explosion, executed by a bunch of friends who were mainly happy to be in a room together making loud noises.” In January 2021, just weeks after John Darnielle had started writing, his bandmates Peter Hughes, Matt Douglas, and Jon Wurster joined him at a studio in the woods near his home in Chapel Hill (Sylvan Esso’s Betty’s Studios). Everything was finished inside a week.

“So, heads up. I got this idea to write a bunch of songs where they were all uptempo mini-action movies. Plots, characters, heists,  hostages, questionable capers, getaway cars, all that stuff. Gas pedal glued to the floor. Eventually as you might guess I wanted at least one song where the tempo relaxed a little and that’s the title track but otherwise buckle up. We hid out in the woods in Chapel Hill and made this album with nobody knowing about it. Proper secret-soldier style. It has been pretty hard keeping this under our hats, we are really proud of what we got here. Alicia Bognanno produced & played with us, and the great Shani Gandhi mixed. The first single is ‘Training Montage’ which does what it says on the tin, and you can pre-order the album now, and as for tour dates…you know we gotta bring these uptempo jams to a stage near you at the earliest possible convenience,” says Darnielle.

Additionally, the Mountain Goats have announced some European and UK dates for November. Here they are:


10th November – WUK Foyer, Vienna
11th November – Columbia Theatre, Berlin
12th November – Paradiso, Amsterdam
14th November – De Roma, Antwerp
16th November – The Roundhouse, London
17th November – Albert Hall, Manchester
18th November – Vicar Street, Dublin

Supported by Carson McHone

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