The Mountain Goats Share Cadaver Sniffing Dog From Upcoming Album 'In League with Dragons'

Jon Stickler 05 March 2019

Photo: Jeremy Lange The Mountain Goats have shared a new song.

Cadaver Sniffing Dog follows Younger in previewing the North Carolina-based band's forthcoming 17th studio album 'In League with Dragons', out on April 26 via Merge.

The macabre folk-rock track serves as a grim snapshot of a crime scene. Penned by frontman and songwriter John Darnielle, the vocalist recalled in a statement:

"My records indicate that I wrote Cadaver Sniffing Dog on Christmas Day, 2017, which probably tells you more about me than the song itself could ever hope too. I'd had the title in a notebook for several years, and had made a run or two at it, but Christmas lights and early sunsets seem to have put me in the right frame of mind to to rise to the challenge of writing something morbid enough to live up to the name. Because I'm me, and favor sharp contrast, I went with something uptempo instead of, you know, a dirge.

The lyric is a noir vision of a crime scene investigation, and is a metaphor for a relationship in which there is nothing whatsoever left to salvage, because, as I mentioned earlier, it was Christmas, and, being the sort of person who really tries to get into the Christmas spirit, I -- well, anyway, please enjoy Cadaver Sniffing Dog."

The Mountain Goats will support the LP with a North American tour this spring, while Darnielle and fellow Mountain Goat multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas will tour the UK and Ireland in November. Tickets are on sale now.

The Mountain Goats Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri November 15 2019 - LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat November 16 2019 - LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Sun November 17 2019 - LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Mon November 18 2019 - GLASGOW St Luke's
Wed November 20 2019 - DUBLIN Button Factory

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