The crowd chanted “One more! One more!” over and over again at the end of The Mountain Goats’ set at the Bele Chere festival in Asheville.
After a minute or so, John and the band came back up to the sound of uproarious cheering and polite folk-loving moshers shouting “Thank you! Thank you!” Everyone was immensely gracious towards the band for the incredible set they had just seen.
John Darnielle thanked the crowd, and said that, as a North Carolinian, it is a very tough time politically to live in the state that we love so much. But he also said that it is important now more than ever to stand our ground, because no matter what, this is our home, and that change will come soon.
"Asheville is a bastion for that change," he said.
You are the people, he continued, who will always stand up, who will always act.
"I told you earlier that there are very few political Mountain Goats songs. This is true. There are two. I played one for you earlier, here is the other."
John then played the first chords of “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton” and the crowd went wild. The song is about two young men who aspire to fortune and fame, but one of them gets sent away to a school where “they told him he’d never be famous.”
"If you punish a person for dreaming his dreams
Don’t expect him to thank or forgive you.
The best ever death metal band out of Denton
Will in time both out-pace and out-live you.
[I unfortunately did not record Darnielle’s speech so the words are mostly paraphrased. This is why I only rarely used quotation marks. The quotation marks are around the words that I remember exactly.]