The Mountain Goats kicked off their 2012 tour this week and, as promised, they’ve been giving a taste of the new album. Back in November Goats frontman (and sometimes only member) John Darnielle announced that he and his crew would ““tour the new songs before we even record them … we’re not going to be holding the best ones back for the album release like people tend to do now”. Apparently they’re following through with that promise, since they premiered four songs from the new album at the first show.
Earlier this week Rolling Stone posted about the show at Antone’s in Austin and interviewed Darnielle about them. The four songs in question are “In Memory of Satan”, “Transcendental Youth”, “Diaz Brothers”, and “Night Light”, which the band apparently practiced for the first time the day before show. Darnielle said that the new album, which is possibly entitled Transcendental Youth, revolves around a cast of characters, at least one of whom (Jenny) already has a place in the Goats canon. Darnielle also apparently called it "the Satan record" on stage this week. Watch the Mountain Goats perform “Diaz Brothers” at Fitzgerald’s in Houston below and read the Rolling Stone article here.