Mt. Joy Lived Up to Their Name at SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: MT. JOY @ SXSW RADIO DAY STAGE & BANGERS | SXSW 3/15/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Mt. Joy: I was randomly scrolling through Spotify one day looking for some new music to discover, when I noticed a strange album cover filled with cartoon monsters on it. The band under the artwork was named Mt. Joy, so I decided to hit play and give it a listen, maybe they could quench my thirst for fresh music. Fortunately, I instantaneously fell in love with their sound. So when I learned that they would be doing multiple showcases at SXSW I put them into my schedule as one of the highlight artists I needed to see.
What I Thought Of Mt. Joy’s Performance: Mt. Joy was first up on my list for Day 4 of the festival and I honestly was looking forward to the show from the night before, so I may have came into it a bit biased, but I loved every second of their set. They dwell between the indie-folk and indie-rock genres with a heavy focus on acoustic guitar backed up by keyboard, bass guitar and drums. What I thought made Mt. Joy stand out from other indie bands was how well they harmonized in their songs. Usually the lead singer dominates vocals, making background singers and band mates obsolete, yet Mt. Joy displayed some of the other members’ singing talents. Matt Quinn on lead was marvelous, but in tandem with the others, much of the choruses sounded almost like a choir. They all have wonderful voices and it was definitely on display that afternoon. There was passion but also enthusiasm and high energy in the performance that I along with the rest of the audience really enjoyed.
The band released their debut self-titled album “Mt. Joy” back in March right before SXSW, so the set essentially featured a majority of the album. It was a pleasure seeing them perform singles like Dirty Love and Silver Lining as well as my personal favorite: Astrovan. Mt Joy is currently on a national tour and I know their fan base is growing significantly. Many of their shows are sold out across the U.S. and they’re doing multiple stops in some of the major cities such as NYC. I’m so happy that I randomly found this incredible band one day, and even more ecstatic that I had the chance to see them perform live at SXSW (two times in one day actually) in Austin. I recommend anyone and everyone to go download their music and see a concert, if you can snag some tickets of course.
— Mike Golembo (@tweetlembo) May 9, 2018