VIDEO: The Joy Formidable “This Ladder Is Ours”

November 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on VIDEO: The Joy Formidable “This Ladder Is Ours”

It’s strange to think of this style of adrenalized modern rock as “retro,” but I can’t think of too many bands that sound like this anymore. If radio were still a thing that influenced people’s record buying habits, this song might sway a few ears. Oh, and, of course, if people still bought records … […]

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FEATURE: The Joy Formidable

September 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on FEATURE: The Joy Formidable

It’s often hard for me to believe it when bands say they have no direct influences on their sound. And when I recently spoke with The Joy Formidable’s bassist, Rhydian Daffyd, I heard a familiar refrain: “Sometimes we feel like we live in a bubble.” Yeah, yeah. Bands always hem and haw when asked to […]

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The Joy Formidable announce brief US tour

April 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Every time I hear this song on Sirius XMU, I kick myself for not having bought the album yet, especially since I’ve known about it for a year. This Welsh trio plays a tense strain of shoegaze-inflected indie rock led by Ritzy Bryan’s piercing vocals. They’re bringing the show stateside at the end of the […]

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The Joy Formidable

March 7th, 2009 · 4 Comments

This reminds me of something but I can’t put my finger on it. A bigger, bolder Belly? Quasi? I’m really digging The Joy Formidable. Free downloads are here.

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