The Mountain Goats – Get Famous

The Mountain Goats are not exactly a young and emerging band. They’re about to release the 19th album in their almost 30-year career. Getting Into Knives will be out on 23 October. Other than this year’s surprise album Songs For Pierre Chuvin, which was recorded in frontman John Darnielle’s North Carolina home, the upcoming long-player was recorded in the legendary studio Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis. This is the studio Sun Records founder Sam Phillips built when the original Sun Studio was no longer big enough to handle the demand. The album was recorded over a single week with an array of Memphis musicians.

The new single off the record sounds as vintage as the studio it was recorded in. This track, Get Famous, is actually an ‘anti-fame’ song. It’s a soulful rock ‘n’ roll tune with a snappy groove, enhanced by rich horns and a bubbling organ. Darnielle said about the track: “If I told you all how much fun we had making this one you wouldn’t even believe me. But we hope it comes through.”

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