The Mountain Goats are hitting the road in support of its wrestling-themed album Beat The Champ but unfortunately, no—unlike the Insane Clown Posse, the folk-rockers won't be bringing actual grapplers on tour with them (at least as far as we know). If an odd, telegram-style message from frontman John Darnielle is any indication, the run will be called the "Trees Southeastern" tour, although it will hardly be limited to the Southeast.
Unfortunately, the tour only consists of a dozen shows in the United States (four of which will feature Darnielle solo) and another half-dozen in the UK/Ireland.
The vocalist/guitarist announced the tour in a message that was typed in all caps, with the word "STOP" substituted for traditional punctuation. He noted specifically that he was sending the message from his woodshed at home, taking time to remark on the smell of wood and trees in general. He also noted that despite the title of the tour, "WE WILL NOT BE PLAYING RUSH'S 'THE TREES' WE DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF CHOPS STOP."
Right. Anyhow, check out the dates below:
09/08: St. Louis @ Off Broadway (Darnielle solo)
09/09: Lawrence, KS @ Lawrence Arts Center (Darnielle solo)
09/10: Lincoln, NE @ Vega (Darnielle solo)
09/12: Ames, IA @ Maximum Ames Music Festival (Darnielle solo)
10/02: Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre
10/03: Charlotte @ Neighborhood Theatre
10/04: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
10/05: Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
10/07: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/08: Orlando @ The Beachum Theatre
10/09: St. Augustine, FL @ Colonial Quarters
10/10: Tampa @ The Orpheum
11/12: Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
11/13: Glasgow @ Art School
11/14: Dublin @ Whelan's
11/15: Manchester @ Gorilla
11/17: Bristol @ Trinity
11/18: Brighton @ Komedia
11/19: London @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire