In August of 1994, the Mountain Goats toured the American Northeast. This tour was their first ever time playing shows in the Northeast; at this point in their career, the Mountain Goats had only played in California, Chicago, and Columbus. The touring lineup was John Darnielle on guitar and lead vocals, and Rachel Ware on bass guitar and backing vocals.

The Providence show was with Rain Like the Sound of Trains, and Azalia Snail sang with the band for one song during the Northampton show.