13 Songs, 1 Hour, 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hitch is an embodiment of bold rock dynamics. Over the album’s robust run time, The Joy Formidable take great care to keep the energy level strong. They shoot for the rafters one minute with electric, sweeping alt-pop on “Radio of Lips,” and craft a more intimate ambience the next with the delicate piano, acoustic guitar, and soft swells of “Underneath the Petal.” When the two aesthetics come together—like on the dreamy yet explosive finale “Don’t Let Me Know”—it feels like two planets colliding.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hitch is an embodiment of bold rock dynamics. Over the album’s robust run time, The Joy Formidable take great care to keep the energy level strong. They shoot for the rafters one minute with electric, sweeping alt-pop on “Radio of Lips,” and craft a more intimate ambience the next with the delicate piano, acoustic guitar, and soft swells of “Underneath the Petal.” When the two aesthetics come together—like on the dreamy yet explosive finale “Don’t Let Me Know”—it feels like two planets colliding.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Pure Joy

PleasureGroove

The most solid band that has come around in a long long time. Players, Performers, Passion.
I love this band. I am an old dude and don’t have the time to get into music like I did when I was a kid in the 80’s but I make time and room for genius and this is what Joy is…. Genius.

Anticipation is more than any other album in my 49 years

RCP67

The buildup and wait for their last album "Wolf's Law" was pure torture. For a band that had released 1 album at the time the pain of waiting was interminable.
After Wolf's Law and seeing them several times they are without doubt my favorite band...breaking my rule of "thou must have 5 albums under your belt to be considered for even a top 10 status".
All that said - I have never been so filled with anticipation and excitement for a new record - surpassing the wait/agony for the Moving Pictures follow up (Signals) in 1982- as I am for the new record by The Joy Formidable.

Somehow surpassed my expectations.

ArakyoSchaffer

The Joy Formidable does something so well that many other bands struggle with: consistently put out music that is true to their original sound while not sounding "forced." All their songs flow perfectly and almost "effortlessly." Just three people having a great time making masterpieces over and over. It's unbelievable how all their songs fit into a specific genre and yet never seem to overlap or copy another one of their earlier songs. I could write all day about how great this album is (seriously), but to keep it simple, it's nothing short of brilliant. One of the best albums by what is now clearly one of the best bands that has ever existed. That might sound overboard, but it's absolutely not. I cannot praise this band and this album enough.

About The Joy Formidable

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 high marks from publications like The Guardian, which recommended the band’s "darkly joyous soft-loud racket."

After releasing several singles, the group issued the mini-album A Balloon Called Moaning in early 2009. Tours with the Editors and Passion Pit followed, and the Joy Formidable issued a live album, First You Have to Get Mad, before signing with Black Bell Records, an independent label run by Passion Pit member Ayad Al Adhamy. With Black Bell’s support, A Balloon Called Moaning was released stateside in 2010. The Joy Formidable toured throughout the year and kicked off 2011 with the international release of The Big Roar, their well-received, full-length studio debut. The band spent the following year writing its second record while on the road supporting Muse. The resulting Wolf's Law, which was recorded in the small town of Casco, Maine, arrived in early 2013, and peaked at the number 51 slot on the Billboard 200 in the U.S., and at number 41 on the U.K. Album Charts. The following year saw the band issuing a series of monthly, vinyl-only singles sung in their native Welsh, and in early 2016, they announced via Facebook that they would be releasing their much-anticipated third studio long player, Hitch, later that March. ~ Andrew Leahey

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