In 1974 a band released a self-titled album that included a self-titled single. It is not a common occurrence. Each of the three “Bad Company” aspects became a musical force. We are hoping that the same occurs in 2018, with the Mt. Joy release of their self-titled album and single. As another connection to the early ‘70s, the single refers to being unstoppable - “feel like Ziggy Stardust.”
Mt. Joy is from Philadelphia, not far from Mount Joy in Valley Forge National Park, Pennsylvania. At least one source indicates that the band has relocated to Los Angeles. This week, they are in Austin, Texas for SXSW.
The intro for the single “Mt. Joy” includes a well-crafted cooperation of guitars, as crystalline lead guitar dances atop a lower frequency platform, until a brief surge leads to the vocals. The vocals have a Folksy feel that carries a sense of vulnerability. In 2012, The Lumineers performed at Café Du Nord in San Francisco and the attendees at the small venue consider it an experience that will be difficult to match. The Lumineers exploded shortly after that visit. Well, Mt. Joy will visit Café Du Nord on April 3. It would be best to brace for another explosion.
The members of Mt. Joy are Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar), Sam Cooper (guitar), Michael Byrnes (bass), Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums), and Terrance Mack (keys).