Tuesday, January 16th at 9:30am Pacific at Paste Studio NYC
For a band that has officially released only four songs, Mt. Joy has been in the works for a long, long time. Vocalist/guitarist Matt Quinn and guitarist Sam Cooper’s musical partnership dates back to 2005, when the two were in high school together in Philadelphia. As they moved from coast to coast and city to city over the years, life forced their musical ambitions to the back burner – that is, until 2016, when their paths crossed again in Los Angeles and they grabbed their instruments and picked up right where they left off. Four home-recorded songs later and Mt. Joy is now a full-time band gearing up for a huge 2018. Here’s what you need to know:
Astrovan – Of those four tracks, one in particular propelled Mt. Joy to quit their day jobs and focus exclusively on the band. That was “Astrovan,” a catchy indie folk song that reflects the band’s classic influences like The Allman Brothers and Bob Dylan. As Quinn and Cooper carried on with their everyday lives, plays of “Astrovan” started multiplying on streaming services, and people began to notice the duo despite a total lack of promotion on their part. By the end of 2017, their four tracks had combined for over 10 million streams on Spotify, and Mt. Joy had evolved into a full-time project. Check out a live rendition of “Astrovan” below:
Full Band – As Quinn and Cooper prepared to hit the road with their new tracks, they recruited Michael Byrnes (bass), Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums), and Jackie Miclau (keys) to round out the live band. So far, they’ve already toured with the likes of The Shins, The Head and the Heart, and The Lone Bellow and appeared at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Made In America and Lollapalooza. This month, they’re touring the East Coast with Neko Case. Check out dates below, along with a tour video featuring their song “Silver Lining.”
Tipping Point – 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Mt. Joy. First and foremost, they’ll finally be getting around to that one thing that everyone’s been waiting for: releasing more music. Their self-titled record comes out March 2 on Dualtone Records and features 13 original tracks. From there, Mt. Joy will continue to tour. They’ve already been announced for SXSW, Innings Festival, BottleRock Napa Valley, and Shaky Knees. As the announcements keep coming, keep an eye out for Mt. Joy this year – it looks like their patience is about to pay off.
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