Wilderado and Mt. Joy concluded their tours on Sunday April 7 at the Music Box in San Diego, with two authentic and raw performances leaving audiences feeling encouraged for the future of the two relatively new bands.
Hailing from Texas and now based in Los Angeles, Wilderado has three EPs to his name, all rich in rich vocals and folk-rock tunes showcasing the group’s southern roots.
The four-man group opened the night with their popular hit “Morning Light”. The track featured on the band’s old EP “Latigo” sounds like the sweet beginnings of a summer morning.
The crowd filled with rustic denim jackets happily nodded, IPA in hand, to the band’s folk-rock set. Animated frontman Max Helmerich closed the performance by leaving the crowd a little tip: âBe kind to each other. It’s easier than you think. ”
Then Mt. Joy, and listening to the band felt right at home due to their music evoking memories through the tender tales of songs about pain, beauty and the surviving life.
The band walked around the stage with the cover of their self-titled album – kaleidoscopic cartoons of sheep, dinosaurs and slowly melting faces – glued to the screen, lighting up the room with a peaceful vibe as well as the music that Mt. Joy would soon be playing.
The Philadelphia-based folk group has grown since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2018. With frontman Matt Quinn’s powerful voice and complex lyrics, it’s a bit shocking how talented the band already is, given that it’s just one album. deep into his musical career.
Mt. Joy led the performance with fan favorite track “Sheep”, which was re-released, altering the sound of the album version.
The setlist included almost every track from the album, and the fans in attendance sang every word, showing their strong dedication to the band.
Mt. Joy has the ability to leave a hopeful resonance even in some of his darkest songs. The group does not skimp on the difficulties encountered in life, but rather approaches them in a peaceful and honest manner.
âIf I don’t wake up, trace me on the asphalt / let the morning rain wash me away,â Quinn sang during the poignant song âYounger Daysâ.
The lyrics of each song are detailed and specific, but each individual who listens is able to come away with their own meaning, as the band successfully communicates general themes about the nature of the human being.
âThe concert was amazing and Matt Quinn is a legend,â said Lucas Baiocchi, manager of management information systems, who has now seen the band twice in concert.
Two new songs, “Bug Eyes” and “Ruins” were performed, and the crowd listened, mesmerized by the bright future of Mt. Joy.
The setlist ended with the band’s most popular track, “Silver Linings”, a song about finding the smallest burst of light even on the darkest days,
âAnd wear your silver lining / Wear it close to your skin,â the group chanted to the audience.
Every difficult voice heard on the album was relayed live in as emotional and awe-inspiring ways as what is heard on Spotify or Apple Music.
Returning for an encore, Mt. Joy left the crowd with âJulia,â a song that tells the story of a nervous man fascinated by his server’s âbig brown eyesâ at a restaurant.
“But Julia, fix me a blue sky in the sun of the world / And I’ll be back now / Julia, how long, how long before I’m gone?” Quinn sang during the ballad as fans screamed, echoing throughout the room.
The song took a turn halfway through as the band mixed Bill Wither’s classic âAin’t No Sunshineâ and then ended with the final 60 seconds of âJuliaâ.
âI liked the way they mixed ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ into ‘Julia’ for the finale and the small room size,â said Chase Bishop, director of biology.
As we saw during filming, Mt. Joy has new music in envelopes and the songs foreshadowed an album just as pure and lived as his first album. Even on the most difficult days, Mt. Joy makes it easy to find silver liners thanks to its music.