Monday, November 6, 2017

“Silver Lining” by Mt. Joy – A Song Review

     Nothing against the profession, but the U.S. has plenty of lawyers - too many. On the other hand, there aren’t many people with the skill to turn a deeply felt emotion into music having the power to touch others. With their song “Silver Lining,” Mt. Joy lament the drug-related deaths of friends in the community. One member of the band (Sam Cooper) is a lawyer, a career that is more willing to wait than is the opportunity to join strengths with bandmates. Live the dream Sam!

     Mt. Joy have gained some attention with previous tracks, such as “Astrovan,” but “Silver Lining” is the song with the potential of exploding. This release combines relatable lyrical content, attractively unconventional lead vocals supported by energizing backing vocals, and Folk/Americana sensibilities that unexpectedly carry the listener to a Rock guitar bridge.

     The members of Mt. Joy are Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar), Sam Cooper (guitar), Michael Byrnes (bass), Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums), and Terrance Mack (keys). Matt and Sam started playing music together during high school. Afterward, they continued to share while attending different colleges. Still later, Sam attended law school in Philadelphia, while Matt headed to LA. Fortunately, they are together again, along with Michael, Sotiris and Terrance.  

     “Silver Lining” by Mt. Joy

Mt. Joy Tour Dates
Nov 16 — Washington DC @ 9:30 Club (w/The Revivalists)
Nov 17 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore (w/The Revivalists)
Nov 18 — Boston, MA @ House Of Blues (w/The Revivalists)
Dec 07 — Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Dec 08 — Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
Jan 11 — Northampton, MA @ The Academy Of Music Theatre*
Jan 12 — Hartford, CT @ Infinity Music Hall*
Jan 13 — Barre, VT @ Barre Opera House*
Jan 14 — Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre*
Jan 15 — Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre at The Egg Performing Arts Center*
Jan 17 — Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre*
Jan 18 — Richmond, VA @ The National*
Jan 19 — Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre*
Jan 20 — Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre*
Jan 21 — Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel*
Jan 23 — Greensboro, NC @ The Carolina Theatre*
Jan 24 — Charleston, SC @ Music Farm*
Jan 25 — Chattanooga, TN @ The Walker Theatre*
Jan 26 — Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall*
Jan 27 — Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre*
Mar 23 — Tucson, AZ @ Tempe Beach Park

* with Neko Case

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