For much of their early existence, The Mountain Goats existed as a two-man project featuring John Darnielle and Peter Hughes. In 2007, Superchunk’s Jon Wurster was added to the fold and, well, the rest is history.
However, recently The Mountain Goats were invited to perform a show in Poland, but due to conflicts with Wurster’s schedule, Darnielle and Hughes were forced to perform a duo set for the first time “since 2006, possibly 2007.” Afterward, Darnielle was inspired to experiment with a duo arrangement during the Transcendental Youth tour, and again for a show in New York back in January. Now, he’s announced plans for the “TUTTLINGEN WARRIORS TOUR 2013”.
As Darnielle explains:
Peter and I toured our asses off back in the pre-trio days, but that was before our ascent to the absolute upper echelon of global media saturation. We are pleased to report that a year-plus worth of talking about touring the Mountain Goats in alternate configurations to all-ages rooms is yielding its first fruits this June, in the form of the TUTTLINGEN WARRIORS TOUR 2013, whose name is an inside joke, I’ll tell you about it between songs at some point during the tour, I have too much else still to cover here to get into it right now. We’re bringing out the Baptist Generals, one of our favorite bands, who have a new album coming out — their first in years — and for Peter and I this is a huge event, like on an “unheard post-Marquee Moon pre-Adventure Television album discovered” level: some bands you know will someday get the acclaim that’s due them and this is one of them. Their new album is so deeply moving I’m not even going to get into it right now, here, try this, see what I mean, are you enjoying the continuing effects of José Saramago on my use of the comma, I hope so because I can no longer help it.
The leg kicks off June 3rd in Washington, DC and includes stops in “several places we haven’t been before and some we haven’t managed to get back to in years,” according to Darnielle. Check out the full schedule below.
Mountain Goats 2013 Tour Dates:
05/01 – Boone, NC @ Appalachian State University
06/03 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
06/04 – York, PA @ Capitol Performing Arts *
06/05 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s *
06/07 – New Haven, CT @ Center Church on the Green *
06/08 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall *
06/09 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom *
06/11 – Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead *
06/12 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
06/14 – Cincinnatti, OH @ Taft Ballroom *
06/15 – Bloomington, IN @ Chumley Theatre *
06/16 – Evanston, IN @ Space *
06/17 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
06/19 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar *
06/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House *
06/22 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree *
06/23 – Gainesville, FL @ High Dive *
06/24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room *
06/26 – Charleston, SC @ The Charleston Pourhouse *
06/27 – West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern *
06/28 – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapox *
07/26-28 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
09/13-16 – Miami, FL @ Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival
* = “TUTTLINGEN WARRIORS TOUR 2013”