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Video: The Mountain Goats debut “In Memory of Satan”

on January 24, 2012, 5:20pm

lolla friday goats 1 Video: The Mountain Goats debut In Memory of Satan

Photo by Heather Kaplan

Last night in Tallahassee, FL, The Mountain Goats previewed yet another new song from their upcoming 14th album, tentatively titled Transcendental Youth, with the ballad “In Memory of Satan”.

As frontman John Darnielle told Rolling Stone recently, the song isn’t an homage to El Diablo, but rather a metaphor for isolation and loneliness, adding, “Everyone has spent those years, or maybe entire seasons, indoors where you don’t really leave. That’s when you go into the inner realms of the spirit. This guy’s in hiding, and it’s this most spiritual realm. That old saying holds here, that you can’t be in a cave unless there’s an exit, or else it’s a grave.” The band tackles the heavy lyrical content with breezy instrumentation that belies the message with an almost sappy blast of straight-ahead, slightly somber pop.

Stay tuned for additional album details, including a release date. In the meantime, fans down south can currently catch the band on the road; their upcoming tour dates are listed just below the clip.

The Mountain Goats 2012 Tour Dates:
01/25 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *
01/27 – St. Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven *
01/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
01/30 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt *
01/31 – Charlotte, NC @ The Visulite *
02/02 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle *
02/04 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom *
03/09 – Denton, TX @ 35 Denton
03/13 – New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
03/24 – New York, NY @ Kaufmann Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Festival) ^
04/02 – London, UK @ The Barbican ^

* = w/ Nurses
^ = w/ Anonymous 4