Interview: John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats

By the time Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle gave this interview, word had spread that the North Carolina-based band’s new record, “In League With Dragons,” was based on table-top role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Darnielle says those rumors are false.
“The record began life as an actual rock opera,” he says, about a “besieged” seaside community named Riversend ruled by a “benevolent wizard.” In other words, same genre, his own story. Despite its fantastical premise, however, the record’s themes are anything but — its characters face addiction, loneliness, and a fear of the unknown that we can all relate to.
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