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The second time out, North Wales’ The Joy Formidable do even more with less. Though the band are just a trio, their sound is growing. Part of that brilliance is brought to the surface by album mixer Andy Wallace, who worked similar magic with another power trio—Nirvana—and here makes The Joy Formidable sound like an even more confident band than the one on its debut album, the excellent The Big Roar. Interestingly, vocal and guitar parts were said to have been recorded in Maine, with drums and orchestral and choir pieces overdubbed afterwards in London. Whatever the process, “Maw Maw Song” is a tough punch to the gut; tribal rhythms and sweeping melody create an anthem worthy of The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys and U2. Singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan uses the group’s shoegaze background to create a grand, arena-filling sound. Yet it’s her vocals—which range from dreamlike to angry and pointed (“Forest Serenade”)—that create a strong sense of melody and keep the songs from becoming mere pleasantries. Impressive.

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Just when you thought they had left their mark..

Just when you thought their first album blew them from obscurity, their new album will surely make them more accessible to the masses and be a household name to those who are passionate about new music. Ive Listened to it a few times today and if its dynamic isnt appealing enough for you, then the production alone will do nothing but blow you away. From Matts bonham style aggression on the drums (This ladder is ours) to ritzy's fuzzy but meticulous guitar tone (Cholla) and rhidian's grinding funky intricate bass lines (Little Blimp) This album really has something for everyone. To the impeccably brilliant This Ladder is ours with its driving drums and distinctive guitar hook (a clear single choice), to the sombre ballad-esq Silent Treatment (think Jose Gonzalez sung by Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeah's). Album of 2013? Its definitely a strong contender and one i will surely be listening to for the rest of the year. Im interested to see what new heights they can go after already supporting Muse and The Foo's on massive arena tours as a career high im sure, where else is there to go? Their own Arena tour? we shall wait and see....


Formed: 2007 in Mold, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After spending several years with the post-punk outfit Sidecar Kisses, vocalist/guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd left the lineup and launched the Joy Formidable, drawing heavily from shoegaze and noisy alt-rock to create their new group's sound. Formed in North Wales in 2007, the band later resettled in London, where original drummer Justin Stahley was replaced by Matt Thomas. The Joy Formidable began building a buzz in 2008, making appearances at several British festivals and earning...
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