In the wake of Independence Day celebrations at a time when we may not feel quite so proud to be Americans, Mt. Joy is ready to make a powerful statement against all that is wrong with current-day America. While "Sheep" was released in early 2017, the music video adds a brand new, visually symbolic dimension to the indie-folk band's liberal political message.
The video serves as a visual representation of Mt. Joy's deep-rooted frustrations against racist, sexist, and homophobic ideologies that consistently seem to creep to the top of our social newsfeeds, news broadcasts, and everyday conversations. It was shot, produced, and directed by Giulio Sciorio during this year's SXSW festival in Austin, TX, a gathering of artists who tend to feel the negative effects of Trump's populist movement. It's no coincidence that our protagonist triumphantly destroys a Trump piñata across various city landmarks, all while we become increasingly immersed in her personal vendetta against overwhelming reminders that "freedom was paid in blood."
Mt. Joy frontwant Matt Quinn shared more on the philosophy behind "Sheep,"
“'Sheep' is a song about a frustratingly loud minority who adhere to an ignorant dogma steeped in racist/sexist/xenophobic ideology. The rest of us are haunted by their behaviors. We need to stick together more than ever and fight for the safety and freedom of anyone being denied their rights because of who they love, where they’re from, or the color of their skin.
This video is shot, produced, and directed by Giulio Sciorio, in Austin, TX, with the help of an amazing community of artists during and around SXSW. There are so many amazing people being negatively impacted by what’s happening in our country and around the world. The video we’ve collaborated on represents a day in the life and a hope that love will win.”
Matt Quinn (vocals/guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar) of Mt. Joy met in high school in Philadelphia, and the band later expanded with the addition of Michael Byrne (bass) and Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums). They are currently recording their first full-length album in Los Angeles, stopping only to tease unreleased music during their upcoming U.S. tour. See all live dates below, and catch your first look at the "Sheep" music video above.
Mt. Joy Summer Tour Dates:
7/14: Toronto, CA @ The Drake Hotel
7/15-16: Guelph, CA @ Hillside Music Festival
7/17: Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
7/18: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
7/19: St Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
7/20: Nashville, TV @ The Basement
7/22: Montauk, NY @ Surf Lodge
7/23: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
7/24: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
7/25: Washington, DC @ DC9
7/26: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
7/27: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
7/29: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
8/1: Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex
8/2: Cincinnati, OH @ Motr Pub
8/3: Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
8/4: Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Coffee
8/5: Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
8/16: San Diego, CA @ Space
8/17: Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
9/1-2: Philadelphia, PA @ Ben Franklin Parkway
9/29: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
10/5: Columbus, OH @ Lincoln Theatre
10/6: Middletown, OH @ Dave Finkelman Auditorium
10/7: Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
10/13: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
10/14: Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre
10/15: Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe