Mt. Joy at Delmar Hall
photo: Matt Everitt
It seems that every time Mt. Joy is slotted to play St. Louis, they’re faced with a barricade. Last summer it was LouFest getting swallowed up Poltergeist-style, and in December the band was scheduled to open for the Revivalists, who canceled due to illness. But luckily for us, Mt. Joy figured out a way to stay and play both times—the latter was a free show with St. Louis band Tidal Volume opening. This Thursday Mt. Joy is headlining and calling the shots on stage at Delmar Hall.
It was a short rise to fame for the Los Angeles-via-Philly band, who’s taken their success and widespread popularity (from NPR press to Billboard) in stride. Mt. Joy’s founding members were high school friends who caught up with one another a bit down the road as young professionals and decided to meld their interests in doing music as a career.
Promotion of their self-titled album, released in 2018, has included stops along the late-night show circuit and plenty of air-play love from community and indie stations. Every time one hears the catchy lines of the song “Silver Lining” you feel like there should be a group of people singing along to “but if it’s the drugs, the women, the wine, the weed, the love that took everything I own, just take it oh, oh, oh.”
They might classify as folk-rockers but they can write their way into Americana ear-worm pop. If you missed the LouFest consolation show with Jukebox the Ghost or the free show the quintet put on in December, here’s your second (or third) chance. Delmar Hall plays host on Thursday, March 14th with Wilderado slated as opener.
-Traci Angel, Cory Weaver