The frontmen of The Hold Steady and The Mountain Goats are quite the comrades in terms of brilliantly lyrical, organically emotional indie-rock music. So of course, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn would be the latest to appear on the I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats podcast to cover a Goats song.
On the podcast, host Joseph Fink and Goats frontman John Darnielle discuss a Mountain Goats song in detail and feature a cover of it. In the most recent episode, Finn joins in to dissect “Fault Lines,” and also contributes a reimagining of the track. His version transforms the lo-fi acoustic original into a droning, frolicking melody, decked out with synth, percussion and soothing backup vocals.
Listen to the cover of “Fault Lines” below, and check out the original underneath, along with performances from both The Hold Steady and The Mountain Goats from the Paste Cloud.