Because why not, the Mountain Goats are gearing up to release a new LP in 2015, and it's pro wrestling-themed; appropriately, it's called Beat the Champ. That's the album artwork, by the artist Leela Corman, above. In a statement, frontman John Darnielle talked about pro wrestling, especially the work of his childhood hero Chavo Guerrero Sr., being an inimitable, valuable avenue of escape for him as a child. Appropriately, our first taste from the LP is the rollicking, storytelling, and deeply Mountain Goats-y single "The Ballad of Chavo Guerrero." Check it out below while you wait for the rest of the LP, out April 7th.
Listen to "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero."