"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," explains John Darnielle regarding The Mountain Goats' wrestling-themed album Beat the Champ, which is out on April 7th in the US and on April 13th in Europe.

You can listen to the album below courtesy of NPR.

  • Tracklisting:
  • 1. Southwestern Territory
  • 2. The Legend of Chavo Guerrero
  • 3. Foreign Object
  • 4. Animal Mask
  • 5. Choked Out
  • 6. Heel Turn 2
  • 7. Fire Editorial
  • 8. Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan
  • 9. Werewolf Gimmick
  • 10. Luna
  • 11. Unmasked!
  • 12. The Ballad of Bull Ramos
  • 13. Hair Match