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.
Much to the band’s amazement, the infectious and warm single “Astrovan” accomplished the impossible. Without initial promotion or fanfare, the song took off on Spotify, racking up 5 million streams to date. Mt. Joy quickly transitioned from a part-time calling into a full-fledged band rounded out by Byrnes on bass, Sotiris Eliopoulos on drums and Jackie Miclau on keyboard.
Come 2017, Mt. Joy hit the road, and hit it hard: They played tour dates alongside the likes of The Shins, The Head and The Heart, The Lone Bellow, and Whitney, and popped up at some of the summer’s biggest festivals, including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and Made In America. They eventually caught the attention of Dualtone Records and began work on their debut album.
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. It’s a startlingly open document, wracked with the anxieties and fears that come just as life seems to start working out – an honest portrayal of a young band facing that moment where dreams become reality, and finding beauty in the exhilarating uncertainty of it all.
High Climbers are a unique blend of folk, post-rock, shoegaze fusion.
The roots of High Climbers began as primitive bedroom sessions between Karim (France and Mike (Australia) back in early 2013. Their initial inability to communicate verbally paved the way for a special musical language to form. Call it being in the right place at the right time, but far away from where you started.
Mike and Karim performed as a duo for almost 3 years, playing everywhere from the local pub/club and underground cell to living rooms and the back of Karim’s van. Their sound emanates warmth through a soothing melody, and although grounded in folk and pop also has an experimental twist that beholds intrigue.
Despite pushing on as a duo, the boys always felt the skills of a bassist and drummer would enhance their sound (or at least make studio sessions cheaper). In mid-2016 they met Rob and Susie, who by some stroke of luck played the very instruments lacking in High Climbers. Thankfully the two didn’t need any convincing, and in mid-2017 the group officially squared.
High Climbers have toured UK and France, and have even played a singular special show in Melbourne (Mike’s hometown). Various accolades include being featured on BBC Introducing, opening up for artists like J Fernandez and Lush Purr, feature segments on The Bristol Music Show (TV), and a collaboration with DJ Moneyshot (The Allergies) on a mixtape for their second EP.
High Climbers play mood music with the aid of guitars, keys, and voices. Their live shows are shown to be extremely immersive, atmospheric experiences that intend to lose listeners and viewers in the process. Their debut record is currently in post-production and is intended for release late 2018.