The band is a favorite of young -adult- author-with-a-cult-like-following John Green. Many fans of the band have discovered them because of his writings which is pretty cool. Most of the YouTube comments for the band are quotes from Green's books. Anything that gets kids today reading and listening to good music is fine by me (that just made me sound really old).
"Woke Up New" from the album Get Lonely (2006) is my favorite song by the band. The lyrics read like a poem and Darnielle's voice is melodic and soft. It's like a lullaby for the lonely. It is one of those sad songs that manages to be hopeful at the same time.
"The first time I made coffee for just myself, I made too much of it
But I drank it all just cause you hate it when I let things go to waste
And I wandered through the house like a little boy lost in the mall
And an astronaut could've seen the hunger in my eyes from space"
"This Year" from The Mountain Goats album, The Sunset Tree (2005), is one of those celebratory songs you belt at the top of your lungs. With its feel good chorus and great opening instrumentation, this song is another gem.
"I am going to make it through this year
If it kills me"