Indie-folk band Mt. Joy stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night to start the week with a fiery rendition of their politically charged anthem “Sheep,” as well as their latest single, “Jenny Jenkins.”
“Sheep,” featured on 2018’s Mt. Joy LP, was written in the aftermath of 2015 riots in Baltimore, Maryland, following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. Its moody, sprawling pathos gets stretched out in an extended swirl of noise before the band kicks into the song proper, with singer Matt Quinn wrestling with images of youthful innocence and violence, as well as his own sense of guilt. “You cut it up, you cut it up, but it’s still here — the red, white and blue,” Quinn sings. “Jenny Jenkins,” due to be released this week as the Philadelphia-via-L.A. group’s next single, strikes a far more upbeat note, full of lighthearted wordplay and a singsong, nonsensical “la-la-la” bridge.
The band plays at the Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia, on January 27th, before embarking on a month-long run supporting Rainbow Kitten Surprise and later their own springtime headlining U.S. tour.