Mt. Joy may be LA based now, but their name refers to a mountain in Valley Forge National Historical Park on the outskirts of Philadelphia whereÂ Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar) met during high school and began making music. Soon after crossing paths again in LA,Â Cooper and Quinn recorded and releasedÂ three songs including “Astrovan.” Without much fuss or promotion “Astrovan” took off on Spotify having almost 5 million plays to date. Following this success Mt. Joy hit the summer festival circuit (Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and Made In America) and played touring dates with bands like The Shins and Whitney. All of this lead up to Mt. Joy being selected for Slingshot’s 2018 class, NPR Music’s music incubator for emerging artist with past members including bands like Big Thief.
Like their name alluding to a location in their past,Â when listening to Mt. Joy you will feel a sense of nostalgia. The familiarity of music can be felt with every strum of the Cooper and Quinn’s guitars’. Mt. Joy’s music generically can fall between Americana to rock to folk. Without bogging down on placing Mt. Joy in a specific box, their music is vivid and bright. Their effervescent tunes are complimented with every yearn of Quinn’s spirited voice. Mt. Joy’s debut album is set to be released on March 2 on Dualtone Records. They currently are on tour with Neko Case with a stop at Music Farm Charleston this Wednesday.