Login | Sign-Up

Polaroids Of Androids

Articles

Gig Review: The Mountain Goats @ Metro Theatre
07/05/2012


Goats?


Goats.

There were several moments during The Mountain Goats' performance where I felt that I may have been involved in some sort of elaborate prank. The amount of chaotic applause and song request screams that rang out from the audience between each tune was fucking ridiculous. I wouldn't have been surprised if the entire audience busted into a choreographed flash mob dance act, jazz hands and all.

I wasn't the only one that thought so. "I'm gonna be telling people about you guys for quite sometime," said the Goats' front man, John Darnielle. He repeatedly made reference to how insane the crowd was reacting, saying we were, "Fucking awesome," despite his fears about sounding like a, "kiss ass."

I only knew one Mountain Goats' song from their entire set (I was there as a plus one), so I was confused as shit by the audience reaction. Nerdy looking dudes were losing it, pumping their fists, throwing goat horns, even starting mini mosh pits. I thought Darnielle was gonna crowd surf at one stage, he looked so pleased with the situation. He didn't — although he did at one stage take off his spectacles for a brief fit of head banging.

Being part of this crowd actually made me feel guilty for not getting what everyone was so excited about. It was like what I imagine an atheist would experience at a Hillsong convention — everyone seemed nice, polite and really happy with life, but their unwavering enthusiasm about something I didn't give a shit about just made me feel tremendously uncomfortable.

I'm not meaning to be critical of the Mountain Goats, they were good — in a "they're the kind of band who's CD my dad would buy from Sanity the day after seeing them play a set on Good News Weekend" kind of "good." But they didn't blow me away.

I was stoked to hear the band play This Year (aka the only Mountain Goats' song I know), but the rest of the performance I literally spent gazing at nut jobs in the crowd that were thrashing about like they were at a fucking Metallica concert.

And power to them! This was not the best gig I've been to, but it's definitely one of the best audiences I've ever been a part of. Whether they were legit, or high on crystal meth I don't know, but being a Mountain Goats fan looks like a fucking ball.

Filed Under
Articles
The Mountain Goats

 

You'll Probly Like This Stuff Too

 

Comments

holc

Rav, we had the exact same viewing experience (except mine was higher up). I kept thinking "How can people get so fucking passionate about the Mountain Goats?? Fuck it, good on them"

2 years ago

BS#1

+1 walks into a bar... why the the "Goat" face?

I really enjoyed this gig without knowing most of their material. The crowd emphasising their request / bible verses was very out there. I might of joined them too if I knew any... There's nothing better than going to a gig only knowing "some" songs and enjoying all of them. Much better then standing next to an unappreciative critic judging them on their fans. Did feel like I underestimated their age though. The drummer was the the only one that didn't look like they got permission off their wife's to tour Australia this year.

P.S. LOVE YOU RAV

2 years ago

BS#1

*lisp

2 years ago

BS#1

**stutter

2 years ago

holc

"Wow they're old. Holc why are they so old for? How old are they? Do you know? And are they religious? They must be religous, they had that album with songs named after bible verses, that's religous to me. Wow they're old. Play that song with vampires."

2 years ago

holc

By the way he is 45.

2 years ago

Robot Turkey + Mega Goose

"It was like what I imagine an atheist would experience at a Hillsong convention"
<3 Rav

2 years ago

Comments are currently closed because Spam Bots ruin everything.