The Mountain Goats’ surprised Listeners of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast with their track “Heel Turn 2,” a new song from their forthcoming album Beat The Champ.
The song’s title comes from a person’s complete and sudden, and often shocking, change from good to evil. The term comes from professional wrestling, referring to when a face (good guy) turns his back on the fans and becomes a heel (bad guy).
The Mountain Goats are John Darnielle, Jon Wurster, and Peter Hughes. The band has announced their first round of dates, which start April 2nd in Nashville, Tenn.
Beat the Champ is out April 7th via Merge Records.
The Mountain Goats on tour:
Apr 02 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Apr 03 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
Apr 04 Savannah, GA – The Jinx SOLD OUT
Apr 07 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle SOLD OUT
Apr 08 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club SOLD OUT
Apr 09 New York, NY – Webster Hall SOLD OUT
Apr 11 New York, NY – City Winery SOLD OUT
Apr 12 New York, NY – City Winery SOLD OUT
Apr 13 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Apr 14 Boston, MA – House of Blues
Apr 16 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Apr 17 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
Apr 18 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Apr 19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Apr 21 Louisville, KY – Headliners
Apr 22 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
Apr 23 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 08 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 26 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
May 27 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
May 29 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
May 30 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Jun 01 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jun 03 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater
Jun 06-07 Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest