LISTEN: The Mountain Goats Share “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero,” Announce New Album “Beat the Champ”

Possibly the best tribute to luchadors since Nacho Libre.

After taking a break from the world of music to write last year’s NYT bestseller Wolf in White Van, John Darnielle and The Mountain Goats are back with Beat the Champ, a collection of songs about professional wrestling. Darnielle says, “I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I’m grown.”

Our first taste is “The Legend of Chavo Guerrero,” an upbeat tribute wherein Darnielle sings in his narrative style about hating Chavo’s enemies and praying nightly for their deaths.

Beat the Champ is set for release on April 7 via Merge.

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