Years of writing and recording music in his bedroom left Joey Cook with a sizeable stack of unheard tunes. In 2013 Pierce Geary was called upon to play bass for these songs in a live incarnation. The following February introduced Devyn Glista as the band’s second guitar player, but after cycling through a couple drummers (not least of all: Ben Lapps of Public fame) Glista took the throne. As of 2015 JOESPH is a three-piece.
After being good friends in middle school, Evan Wagner and Austin Tracy went their separate ways in high school. In what seems to have been an act of fate, they ran into each other at a Tame Impala show in Louisville six years later. They began writing and eventually recruited Kyle Stone from Austin’s other band Wendy’s Yellow Poncho. Given the opportunity to work with Shiraz Dada of Maps and Atlases, they headed to Chicago in March of 2014 to record their debut, the culmination of a year of writing.