From the pop triumph of Paramore to the indie folk guys hailing from Claremont, California. The Mountain Goats have been around since 1991. Goth is their 16th album – they have created much more material than most bands ever accomplish.
Goth is an album inspired by Bauhaus, Joy Division, Siouxsie and The Banshees and The Cure.
There are some references to all those bands and their work on Goths, e.g. singer John Darnielle sings:
“And outside it’s ninety two degrees
And KROQ is playing Siouxsie and the Banshees”
in Stench Of The Unburied.
“At this point in his career, Darnielle is in his own private league of songwriting. His verse is effortless, his detail impeccable, and the joy with which he animates these weary souls languishing in Long Beach rock clubs make every word just glow. Goths is Darnielle’s most evocative work since the occultist All Eternals Deck* *and even though it remains loosely conceptual like Beat the Champ, it’s all tethered to this palpable, too-casual melancholy, the kind that comes with telling a cautionary tale one too many times.” (Pitchfork)