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The sophomore effort from Oregon-bred trio Joseph, Good Luck, Kid is a road movie in album form, an odyssey at turns emotional, existential, and entirely literal. With their intimate storytelling and restless intensity, Natalie Schepman and her sisters Allison and Meegan Closner detail that journey in songs that careen and sprawl and often soar, ultimately spinning a narrative of life-changing transformation.

“The through-line of the album is this idea of moving into the driver’s seat of your own life—recognizing that you’re the adult now, and everything’s up to you from this moment on,” says Natalie. “You’re not completely sure of how to get where you need to go, and you don’t have any kind of a map to help you. It’s just the universe looking down on you like, ‘Good luck, kid.’”

In the making of Good Luck, Kid, Joseph deliberately strayed from the dreamy folk of their 2016 debut I’m Alone, No You’re Not, giving way to a far grittier and more dynamic sound. Produced by Christian “Leggy” Langdon (Meg Myers, Charlotte OC), the result is a nuanced breed of pop/rock built on thick drums and lustrous guitars, heavy grooves and radiant melodies. Despite that bolder sonic palette, Good Luck, Kid remains centered on the band’s crystalline vocal work, including the otherworldly harmonies that suggest a near-telepathic connection among sisters.

Kicking off Good Luck, Kid with the sweeping lead single “Fighter,” Joseph immediately prove the transcendent power of that connection, even as their lyrics speak to a nearly disastrous discord. “That song’s about how our band almost broke up,” explains Natalie. “It’s the story of the three of us wanting different things and dealing with that conflict, and eventually deciding to just keep going.” Driven by a heady momentum, Good Luck, Kid then takes on the breakneck pace of the title track, a gloriously dizzying anthem that channels the raw urgency of desire. But on “Green Eyes,” Joseph shift into a torchy poignancy, echoing the album’s undercurrent of romantic devastation. “‘Green Eyes’ is about wanting to stay with someone but giving them the freedom to walk away, and feeling the pain of realizing that they’re no longer in this with you,” Meegan points out.

On “Revolving Door”—the gorgeously sorrowful centerpiece to Good Luck, Kid—that pain reaches a heart-crushing crescendo. “As we were putting the record together, the arc that emerged was ‘Hope, Betrayal, Rebirth,’” says Meegan. “We put ‘Revolving Door’ at the middle because it’s about that moment of finally realizing ‘Okay, you don’t choose this—you don’t choose me.’ It’s the pinnacle of betrayal, and it’s the turning point for the whole album.”

With the remainder of Good Luck, Kid documenting what Natalie describes as “a rising-up out of the ashes,” Joseph grace every song with the captivating chemistry they first discovered upon forming in 2014. Spontaneously choosing their name on a trip to visit their grandfather in the Oregon town of Joseph, the band got their start playing backyard parties, and gradually amassed a devoted fanbase. Following the release of I’m Alone, No You’re Not—an album made with Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, Jenny Lewis)—Joseph soon began taking the stage at major festivals like Bonnaroo and touring with such artists as James Bay and Amos Lee. As they brought Good Luck, Kid to life, the Closner sisters expanded on the elegant synergy of elements initially glimpsed on their debut: Meegan’s sharp melodic skills, Allison’s gift for uncovering the emotional heart of each track, and Natalie’s extraordinary songwriting instincts. “Making this album, there were so many times when we’d be trying to come up with the next verse to a song, and Natalie would pull together something amazing completely out of nowhere,” Allison recalls. “It’s like she’s some kind of magician.”

In reflecting on the quiet metamorphosis chronicled within Good Luck, Kid, Joseph hope that the album might spark a similar evolution in listeners. “For me this record is about stepping out of being a victim, and I’d love for it to help people feel like they have the power to change their own lives too,” says Meegan. In the spirit of that well-wishing, Good Luck, Kid closes out with a starkly arranged but unforgettably tender benediction called “Room for You.” “My best friend recently had a baby, and as I was holding him I had this feeling like, ‘I never want you to hurt, ever,’” says Natalie. “I love the idea of ending the record by sending people off with that message: ‘I hope the world makes room for you and your dreams.’ I know that an album can’t ever fix anything, but I hope it can be a balm whatever’s hurting, and helps people feel like they’re truly believed in.”

 

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Dec 19 2019
Alberta Rose Theatre
Portland, OR
Jan 07 2020
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Old Saybrook, CT
Feb 07 2020
Washington’s
Fort Collins, CO
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Feb 08 2020
Fox Theatre
Boulder, CO
Feb 09 2020
Bluebird Theater
Denver, CO
Feb 11 2020
Madrid Theatre
Kansas City, KS
Feb 12 2020
Delmar Hall
St. Louis, MO
Feb 14 2020
Majestic Theatre
Madison, WI
Feb 15 2020
Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
Feb 16 2020
The Vogue
Indianapolis, IN
Feb 18 2020
Mercury Ballroom
Louisville, KY
Feb 20 2020
Bijou Theatre
Knoxville, TN
Feb 21 2020
Terminal West
Atlanta, GA
Feb 22 2020
Saturn
Birmingham, AL
Feb 25 2020
House of Blues Houston
Houston, TX
Feb 26 2020
Aztec Theatre
San Antonio, TX
Feb 28 2020
Meow Wolf
Santa Fe, NM
Feb 29 2020
Crescent Ballroom
Phoenix, AZ
Mar 02 2020
Mystic Theatre
Petaluma, CA
Mar 04 2020
Spanish Ballroom
Tacoma, WA
Mar 05 2020
Spanish Ballroom
Tacoma, WA
Mar 07 2020
Sessions Music Hall
Eugene, OR
Mar 08 2020
Tower Theatre
Bend, OR
Mar 09 2020
Knitting Factory Concert House
Boise, ID
Mar 11 2020
The Commonwealth Room
Salt Lake City, UT

News

08/13/2019

Joseph Release “Good Luck, Kid” Title Track And Lyric Video From New Album Out on September 13th on ATO Records

Watch “Good Luck, Kid” Lyric Video HERE [Link to Lyric Video here]  International Fall Headlining Tour Includes Shows at NYC's Webster Hall and LA's Fonda Theatre (New York, NY) Joseph continue…

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07/10/2019

Joseph Announce New Album ‘Good Luck, Kid’ Set For September 13 Release on ATO Records

Fall US Headlining Tour Confirmed Debut Single “Fighter” Out Today Today, Portland-bred sister trio Joseph announce their new album ‘Good Luck, Kid,’ set for September 13th release via ATO Records.…

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09/08/2017

JOSEPH’S NEW EP, STAY AWAKE, IS OUT TODAY

NPR Music Premieres Band’s Version Of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” Headline Tour Kicks Off September 13 And Includes September 15 Show At Music Hall of…

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