‘Broader palette’: Rock band Joseph expands beyond dreamy folk sound on second album

Joseph is touring in support of the album “Good Luck, Kid” and will perform at Meow Wolf on Friday, Feb. 28. (Courtesy of Louis Browne)

It’s a gloomy day in Missouri, and the members of Joseph are enjoying the change in scenery.

The three sisters are on the road again.

“I’m so excited to be back on the road,” says Natalie Closner Schepman. “It’s been absolutely amazing so far.”

The trio is touring in support of its latest album, “Good Luck, Kid,” their second. The band will make a stop at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe.

“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,” Closner Schepman says. “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 the band’s 2016 debut “I’m Alone, No You’re Not,” giving way to a far grittier and more dynamic sound. Produced by Christian “Leggy” Langdon, the result is a nuanced breed of pop-rock built on thick drums and lustrous guitars, heavy grooves and radiant melodies.

Allison Closner says the process for the album took just under two years.

“We had been touring before we started writing this album,” Allison Closner says. “Previously, the songs have been written on guitar and vocals. For this album, we wanted to use a broader palette that we now have as a band. It’s been quite a change.”

Allison Closner says the entire process didn’t have many obstacles, which made it a fun record.

“We were always looking at who is going to sing each song,” Allison Closner says.

Meegan Closner says one aspect that was difficult was taking some time off from the band.

“That put us behind a bit,” Meegan Closner says. “But like Ally said, there weren’t many obstacles, because the process ended up flowing really well. Time is always the constant that we have to contend with. But that’s almost everybody’s obstacle.”

At the end of the writing process, the sisters had 25 songs.

“We like to collaborate with the label and our managers on the songs,” Closner Schepman says. “We were all pretty good about coming to agreements, and it’s really nice that everybody is on the same page.”

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