Mount Saint Elias
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Mount Saint Elias

Oakland, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Oakland, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter





Bay Area indie-folk ensemble Mount Saint Elias have continued their path of stunning Americana-esque folk-rock that abounds with emotional three part vocal harmonies.

Featuring nomadic-flavored songwriting that explores venturing into your far off past, traveling the world so long you find yourself a ghost at home, and all the way down the rabbit hole to The Ballad of Floyd Collins, a sad tale of an unrealized dream, this is an EP that speaks to the depth of their passion for storytelling. Offering up a range of sweet & soulful acoustic renderings, alongside some more upbeat dance tunes, this is definitely worth a listen, but keep an out for their live shows too, as they are certainly a force to be reckoned with on the stage, not just in the studio. - oaktown indie mayhem

"Mount Saint Elias Present: Scraps From The Feast"

Scraps From The Feast will no doubt find itself on repeat in my home for days to come. Mount Saint Elias has successfully delivered a delicious main course filled with plenty of metaphorical imagery, emotion laden 3 part harmonies, perfectly weighted percussion and a sweet accoutrement of horns. A 7 piece Americana band calling Oakland home, Mount Saint Elias have come from various parts of the world to find their voice within their music. From the comfortable and friendly folk feel, to the symbolic lyricism found in songs such a King Coal Blues and Prisoners of Escape, all the way to the nonstop glorious rhythms that demand movement from beginning to end. - Oaktown Indie Mayhem


Scraps from the Feast EP (2015)
This Was Supposed to Be Easier EP (2016)



In 2014, singer/songwriter Joey Coe finished a summer working as a cycling/hiking guide in Alaska and began the 9 day drive southward to the mainland US. Would he head back home to family and familiarity in Louisville, Kentucky - or to new shores in Oakland, California, where two new friends were moving to play music? As he started the long drive torn between two destinations, the sun rose over the Saint Elias mountains to his right, Radiohead came on the stereo, and Thom Yorke appeared in his passenger seat and said, 'GO WEST YOUNG MAN'.

And thus, the journey of the Mount Saint Elias musical project began. He steered his mighty vessel to Oakland, CA, moved in with his best friend Tatyana Schmid, booked a show a month later without having a band, and over the next few weeks cajoled his only 3 friends - Tatyana, Matteo Lovik, and the Chilean woman crashing on his couch - Luna Fuentes - to join his band.

The band released their first EP, Scraps From The Feast, in 2015 and toured the US later that year. The second EP, This Was Supposed to be Easier, arrived in 2016. In May of 2018, co-founder Tatyana Schmid transitioned into the non-physical form after a bicycle accident, sparking a fresh batch of songs when it became abundantly clear that we're all going to die, nothing really matters, and we might as well sing songs while we can. Josiah Johnson (The Head and the Heart) joined the band on bass and vocals in 2019.

Band Members