The Mountain Goats are an American indie folk band formed in Claremont, California by singer-songwriter John Darnielle. For many years, the sole member of the Mountain Goats was Darnielle, despite the plural moniker. Although he remains the core member of the band, he has worked with a variety of collaborators over time. Throughout the 1990s, the Mountain Goats were known for producing low-fidelity home recordings and releasing recordings in cassette or vinyl 7” formats. Since 2002, the Mountain Goats have recorded studio albums with a full band. The band is currently based in Durham, North Carolina. Line-ups: 1991-1996: John Darnielle and Rachel Ware. 2002-2007: John Darnielle and Peter Hughes. 2007-2015: John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster. 2015-present: John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wuster, Matt Douglas. Occasional members 1991-1995: Sarah Arslanian, Amy Piatt, and Rosanne Lindley. Occasional members 1995-present: Franklin Bruno, Erik Friedlander, John Vanderslice.