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“These dreams are more than paper things,” sings Matt Quinn on Mt. Joy’s infectious folk-rocker “Astrovan,” a warm, yearning bit of road-trip philosophy that posits the existence of a Deadhead Jesus cruising the dusty highways of the countryside, nursing a roach on his way to only He knows where. It’s an auspicious line from a band predicated on the revival of teenage dreams.
Mt. Joy started off as a rekindling of shared musical ambitions between Philadelphia high school friends Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar). Reunited in Los Angeles thanks to the ebbs and flows of adult life, the pair met multi-instrumentalist Michael Byrnes through a Craigslist ad. They named themselves Mt. Joy as an ode to a mountain in Valley Forge National Park near Sam’s childhood home, and together, with Byrnes’ roommate Caleb Nelson producing, they recorded three songs and sent them out into the world, hoping for the best. “I knew I still wanted to write songs, but the realities of life made that dream seem pretty impossible,” Quinn says.
Steeped in folk-rock tradition and powered by the intuitive creative connection between Quinn and Cooper, the songs on ‘Mt. Joy’ depict Quinn wrestling with his own conscience, where the mundane and the fantastic collide as he processes tragedy, society, and love. Opener “I’m Your Wreck” describes “monsters in (the) closet, using up the wi-fi” as it cycles from its desperate, spiraling verses to its swinging, stubbornly optimistic coda, while the loping, plaintive chords of “Younger Days” meditate on a frayed psyche and the fear of choosing the wrong path. “Sheep,” with its collapsing, hoarse-voiced cry of “freedom was paid in blood,” is a post-Trump salvo on the responsibilities of the fortunate to overcome political and social despondency. And on “Silver Lining,” perhaps the album’s brightest moment, Quinn surveys the damage of hard drugs and the vicious cycle of addiction, as the song’s melancholic sentiment kicks into its fervid, defiant chorus, all shout-along vocals and trilling guitars.
Taken together, the self titled ‘Mt. Joy’ LP is a startlingly open document, wracked with the anxieties and fears that come just as life seems to start working out. It’s a natural reaction from a wary band like Mt. Joy – the result of a sort of professional vertigo, as they’ve gone from virtual unknowns to hot young commodity in little over a year. But there’s a sense of hope underlying everything, girded by the fact that the Mt. Joy LP is an impressive, honest portrayal of a young band facing that moment where dreams become reality, and finding beauty in the exhilarating uncertainty of it all.Smoke free. All ages. Wheelchair accessible.Special needs seating select ADA tickets below and call (414) 286-3205.All sales final. No refunds, exchanges or 3rd party pick-up.Regardless of the Method of Delivery selected, the box office reserves the right to switch any tickets to will call pickup at the box office for pick-up starting 2 hours before the show's start time. A photo ID and the charge card used for the purchase must be presented.THIS TICKET MAY NOT BE RESOLD FOR ABOVE FACE VALUE BY ANY INDIVIDUAL. ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY RESELLING THIS TICKET FOR ABOVE FACE VALUE BY ANY METHOD, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IN PERSON, ON AN AUCTION WEBSITE, OR OTHERWISE OVER THE INTERNET, IS SUBJECT TO LEGAL ACTION. ANY TICKET FOUND TO BE OFFERED FOR RESALE ABOVE FACE VALUE WILL BE VOIDED AND SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL FEES.Any questions? Call the Pabst Box Office: (414) 286-3663.