The Preston & Steve Show‘s Nick McIlwain had a chance to have a conversation with two of the members of the Philadelphia indie rock band, Mt. Joy: Matt Quinn, who is their lead vocalist, and Sam Cooper, on lead guitar.
The guys grew up listening to Preston & Steve and ‘MMR and still spend a lot of time in the city. And on September 10, they will be returning to Philadelphia to headline a show at the Skyline Stage at the Mann Music Center. But before that, Mt. Joy will be the opening act for Dave Matthews Band at the legendary Gorge Amphitheater in Washington state!
Nick chatted with Sam and Matt about what it was like to grow up in the Philly area, the making of the band, their common roots at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA, and the inherent excitement for lifelong fans of DMB to actually open for them. Matt and Sam also talked about how Mt. Joy have paid their dues in playing small locations like the Gryphon Cafe in Wayne, PA, before working their way up to Johnny Brenda’s in Philly, when they felt like they really started to “make it” on the local music scene. Nick graduated from ‘Stoga in 1993 and Matt and Sam graduated from the high school a BIT more recently (ok, it was in the 2010’s). Still, it was cool to find common ground despite the generational gap. And yes, when they turned 21, they made it to the Berwyn Tavern.
The full interview:
Be sure to check out Mt. Joy’s new album, “Orange Blood“!
Our third album “Orange Blood” comes out June 17. So fucking proud of this record. It’s our best. Feels like the start of something really special.— Mt. Joy (@MtJoyBand) April 6, 2022
Can’t wait for you all to press play 🍊🩸❤️.
You can presave the album and vinyl is available for preorder at link in our bio! pic.twitter.com/1mQsTWqs1H
Check out MannCenter.org for more info about Mt. Joy’s show there on Saturday, September 10.
Take a listen to this great song, “Ruins”, from their third and latest album, “Orange Blood”. It’s a slow build to a great driving jam:
Info about the show with Dave Matthews Band at The Gorge over Labor Day Weekend: