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08 Nov
2012


The Joy Formidable are excited to announce the pre-sale for their new album, Wolf’s Law. The pre-sale begins on November 8th with the album being released on January 22, 2013 via Canvasback Music / Atlantic Records. The band has also revealed the album cover artwork for the record, painted by acclaimed artist Martin Wittfooth.

Wolf’s Lawis the second album from The Joy Formidable and the follow-up to their breakthrough debut The Big Roar which saw the band praised by the likes of The New York Times, SPIN, and NME as one of the most exciting new UK bands to emerge in 2010. The new album was recorded and produced by the band in their homeland of North Wales along with work done in Maine and London. It was mixed by the legendary Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine).

The band recently unveiled the music video for the first US single “This Ladder Is Ours.” The song was #1 most added at Modern Rock Radio, and spent 3 weeks at the #1 spot on the FMQB SubModern charts. In a recent glowing review for the track, Rolling Stone called the track “a ravenous sonic assault.” Check out the video at the band’s website: www.thejoyformidable.com or below

The Joy Formidable are ready to bring their roaring live shows back to the United States for a number of headlining dates this fall. The intimate tour, where the band will preview songs from the new record, begins on November 08 in New York City at The Bowery Hotel.

Earlier this fall, the band had been hand-picked to open for Muse during their Europe/UK arena tour, including a two-night stint at London’s O2 Arena.

Upcoming Tour Dates
11/01 – Manchester @ MEN Arena*
11/02- Amsterdamn, NL @ London Calling Festival – Paradiso
11/03- Dortmund, Germany @ Visions Westend Festival – FZW
11/08 – New York, NY @ School Night at The Bowery Hotel
11/10 – Washington, DC @ St Stephen’s Church
11/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ “Communion” at Littlefield
11/14 – Chicago, IL @ Top Note Theater
11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Preservation Hall West / The Chapel
11/25 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy – EDGE Jingle Bell Concert Series
11/28 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s – WBRU 43rd BIRTHDAY BASH
12/01 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park – 97X Next Big Thing
12/02 – Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park – WXXJ BIG TICKET
12/04 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena – KNDD Deck the Hall Ball
12/06 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom – KNRK December to Remember
12/07 – San San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena – 91X Wrex The Halls
12/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave – WLUM Big Snow Show
12/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House – KPNT Ho Ho Show
12/14 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theater – KDGE How The Edge Stole Christmas show
12/15 – Kansas City @ Midland by AMC – MO KRBZ The Night The Buzz Stole Christmas show

*Supporting Muse

27 Sep
2012


The Joy Formidable are excited to announce that “This Ladder Is Ours,” the first US single from their upcoming album Wolf’s Law, will be released on October 9, after the song headed to radio on Wednesday, September 26. You can stream “This Ladder Is Ours” below:

The Joy Formidable are ready to bring their roaring live shows back to the United States for a number of headlining dates this fall. The intimate tour, where the band will preview songs from the new record, begins on November 08 in New York City at The Bowery Hotel, followed by shows in Brooklyn and Chicago at the 100 person capacity, rarely played Top Note Theater before the band hits the West Coast for shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. For this short tour, the band have booked much smaller venues than they normally would, some of which are non-traditional venues.. With a phenomenal and well deserved live reputation, these shows will be an early chance for fans to hear the new tracks prior to the release of Wolf’s Law in January of 2013. For full itinerary, see dates below.

The band have also been hand-picked to open for Muse across some of their European dates beginning at the end of October, including a two-night stint at London’s O2 Arena.

The band also recently unveiled the music video for “Cholla,” another song from their upcoming full-length LP Wolf’s Law. Check out the video below:

Wolf’s Law is the second album from The Joy Formidable and the follow-up to their breakthrough debut The Big Roar which saw the band praised by the likes of The New York Times, SPIN, and NME as one of the most exciting new UK bands to emerge in 2010. Mixed by Andy Wallace and recorded by the band in Maine, North Wales and London, preview track “Wolf’s Law” and the recently released “Cholla” have already re-established the trio with NME suggesting that this album ‘could well see them become the next big British guitar band’.

Upcoming Tour Dates
10/16 – Montpellier, France @ Park & Suites Arena*
10/18 – Paris, France @ Bercy*
10/20 – Madrid, Spain @ Palacio de Deportes*
10/24 – Glasgow @ SECC*
10/26 – London @ O2 Arena*
10/27 – London @ O2 Arena*
10/30 – Birmingham @ LG Arena*
11/01 – Manchester @ MEN Arena*
11/08 – New York, NY @ School Night at The Bowery Hotel
11/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ “Communion” at Littlefield
11/14 – Chicago, IL @ Top Note Theater
11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Preservation Hall West / The Chapel
11/25 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy – EDGE Jingle Bell Concert Series
11/28 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s – WBRU 43rd BIRTHDAY BASH
12/01 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park – 97X Next Big Thing
12/02 – Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park – WXXJ BIG TICKET
12/06 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom – KNRK December to Remember

*Supporting Muse

23 Aug
2012

The Joy Formidable have released the video for “Wolf’s Law” via a message on the band’s facebook:

“We’ve been quiet for a little while, busy in the studio but today we’re ready to share a piece of what we’ve been working on. http://atlr.ec/WolfsLaw
We’ll see you soon.
Love R&R&M x”

Watch the video below and get a free MP3 of the song at thejoyformidable.com

30 Jul
2012

Last Wednesday, Billabong held their 6th Annual Design for Humanity benefit fashion, music and art event at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood. The Joy Formidable, Imagine Dragons, Walk The Moon and The Lumineers. Our photographer Marcello Ambriz was there to get some great shots of The Joy Formidable and Imagine Dragons. Check them out below and head over to http://billabong.com to buy some clothes to support the Cultivate Foundation.


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08 May
2012


Welsh trio The Joy Formidable are happy to announce they have completed recording for their highly anticipated sophomore album. The album was recorded in a cabin in Maine and on a tour bus crossing the United States. The album is the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed 2010 debut The Big Roar. The album was mixed by legendary Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley Rage Against The Machine), and the release date is to be determined.

In a recent interview with SPIN.com, lead-singer Ritzy Bryan revealed that the band ended up recording 13 songs, and notes that they are more defiant, focused, and expansive than those on The Big Roar. “I think we found ourselves quite challenged by allowing our musical palette to grow. That’s always kind of exciting about the music that we’re making, that it can catch people off-guard in different ways.” Bryan also revealed that she and bassist Rhydian Dafydd wrote orchestral parts for a few album tracks that were recorded in London. You can read more about it here

The band will preview some of the new material on the road this summer when they play some of the summer’s biggest and best festivals.

Upcoming Tour Dates for The Joy Formidable
May 29 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
Jun 02 – Kansas City, KS @ KRBZ Beach Ball
Jun 07-09 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Jul 04 – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Summer Fest
Jul 07 – Kelowna, Canada @ Kelowna Waterfront Park

15 Apr
2012


By Michel Dussack

Way back in January 2011 (or March for those who didn’t impatiently order an international copy and pay a ridiculous amount for shipping to the U.S.), Welsh indie rock trio The Joy Formidable released one of the best album of the year with ‘The Big Roar’. They also had one of the best years any break out band could hope for, culminating in Dave Grohl calling ‘Whirring’ the best song of the year and personally inviting the band out on their U.S. Needless to say, they gained a whole slew of new fans playing in arenas every night, and these fans, plus the fans that have been around from the beginning packed Terminal on March 28th for an incredible headlining show.

When the time came for them to take the stage, the level of detail in their stage design became immediately apparently. A lighthouse flickered to life towards the back of the stage, barrels covered in netting were lit up, and a pirate ship’s wheel was forefront attached to vocalist and guitarist Ritzy Bryan’s microphone stand. All the while, blue lights bathed the stage and the sounds of crashing waves overtook the venues PA system. It was indeed quite the effect for the trio to take the stage to, and the band immediately went into ‘A Heavy Abacus’ once they picked up their gear. Being a three piece band means that every single instrument is important to the mix – Matt Thomas’ drumming, Rhydian Dafydd’s bass playing, and Ritzy Bryan’s frantic guitar playing are The Joy Formidable, and nothing else really compares.

Of the most important note is how deceiving Ritzy’s appearance is. The small, seemingly quiet singer is immediately transformed upon the beginning of their set into a shredding and screaming front woman that can roll with the best of them. The twelve song set (it seems short, but was actually about 90 minutes) encompassed nine songs from their aforementioned LP, two non-album tracks, and a new song – a perfect mix for new and old fans alike. Throughout the night, the band expressed their gratitude to the fans, and explained that their first ever gig in the U.S. was at Terminal 5, opening for Passion Pit.

When the band came back out for the encore (Matt Thomas noticeably absent) they also explained that the new album was done being recorded and just needed to be mixed after the tour was over. With this, Ritzy and Rhydian treated us to a new song entitled ‘Silent Treatment’ which is noticeably softer than all their other material. The delicate song was well received by the crowd, though it was clear at this point that there was only one song on a lot of minds. Matt Thomas came back to the stage in a lobster costume, to which Ritzy explained in between laughter that he’s been trying to surprise the band each night with a different outfit, and a touring harpist name Stephanie also came out to play a beautiful intro to ‘Whirring’, though once things got too heavy she quickly stepped off the stage.

It was clear that though the crowd loved every minute of the show, this was the song that everyone had waited for. The song was extended to over twelve minutes as Ritzy ran around like a madwoman on stage, tossing her guitar into a gong, onto the floor, dropping to her pedal board and creating otherworldly sounds through it. At one moment she jumped into the photo pit and continued playing guitar in front of her fans, though those of us towards the back couldn’t see her at all. What we did see was her throw her guitar high into the air back onto the stage as the band finished the song, thanked the crowd one more time, and walked off stage.

All photos courtesy of Michel Dussack

12 Mar
2012


The Joy Formidable are about to embark on their first headlining US Tour of 2012, beginning on March 12 in San Francisco, CA. A number of the tour’s dates have already sold out, including two straight nights in San Francisco, Boston, and Toronto. The tour goes until April 2 in Toronto, with support along the tour provided by A Place To Bury Strangers and Exitmusic. Big Black Delta opens the SF shows as well as the LA show.

The band’s newest single is the pummeling rocker “A Heavy Abacus.” Watch the video here.

The band also recently filmed a performance at Sarm Studios of their song “Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie” from last year’s debut album The Big Roar, which you can watch here

The band have been busy at work on their sophomore album and follow-up to 2011′s The Big Roar, to be released sometime in 2012.

Joy Formidable Tour Dates 2012
Mar 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent SOLD OUT
Mar 13 – San Francisico, CA @ The Independent SOLD OUT
Mar 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan
Mar 17 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theatre
Mar 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café
Mar 20 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Mar 22 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
Mar 23 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
Mar 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Mar 25 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Mar 26 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Mar 28 – New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
Mar 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Mar 30 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club SOLD OUT
Mar 31 – Montreal, QC @ SAT
Apr 02 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace SOLD OUT

10 Jan
2012


Welsh trio The Joy Formidable are happy to announce headlining tour dates across the United States for March of 2012. The tour will begin on March 12 in San Francisco and end on April 2 in Toronto. On the way, the band will play such major markets as Los Angeles at The Music Box on March 14 and New York’s Terminal 5 on March 28. The band will be supported on all dates by A Place To Bury Strangers. Exitmusic will open for both bands beginning in Minneapolis on March 19. For complete tour dates and information, please see below.

The tour is the band’s first news in the US following a breakout 2011 year, where the band released their debut full-length The Big Roar to great acclaim upon release and as part of year-end retrospectives. Paste included the album on their top 50 albums of 2011 list, noting the band has created “a sound that is uniquely their own, but still nostalgic for rock of the past.”

Songs from The Big Roar made numerous critic’s best songs of 2011 lists, from Rolling Stone, who called “The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie” “Nearly eight minutes of cranium-rattling alt-rock noise, building an end-of-days racket from singer-guitarist Ritzy Bryan’s juddering riffs and furious wails;” to Pitchfork, who called “Whirring” “an aerobic rush of a song that builds to [an] explosive alt-rock chorus,” hailing the band as “prime purveyors of bubble-grunge nostalgia.” iTunes named “Whirring” their Alternative Song of the year, while NPR named it one of their 100 favorite tracks of the year, and also named The Joy Formidable as one of their favorite new bands of the year. Local publications named the band’s live show as one of the best of 2011, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Chicago Tribune. The Chicago Tribune praised the band’s performance, noting “Their boundless energy should serve them well as they ready their sophomore album.”

The band ended 2011 with a bang, supporting the Foo Fighters for multiple dates along their east coast tour. The band performed on CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman, NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, and Conan. 2011 also found the band appearing with their new song “Endtapes” as the opening track on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Down Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

The Joy Formidable Tour Dates

Mar 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
Mar 13 – San Francisico, CA @ The Independent *
Mar 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box *
Mar 17 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theatre *
Mar 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café *^
Mar 20 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre *^
Mar 22 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird *^
Mar 23 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre *^
Mar 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Masqureade *^
Mar 25 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *^
Mar 26 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *^
Mar 28 – New York City, NY @ Terminal 5 *
Mar 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *^
Mar 31 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile-End *^
Apr 02 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *^

* with A Place To Bury Strangers
^ with Exitmusic
http://www.thejoyformidable.com/

09 Jan
2012

Though there isn’t an official announcement yet, the Joy Formidable will be hitting the road this spring. A handful of dates are already up on ticketing sites with presales launching this week. We should have a full list tomorrow but here are the currently announced dates for the band’s spring tour:

3/17 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
3/22 Bluebird Nightclub Bloomington, IN
3/28 Terminal 5 New York, NY
3/29 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA (w/A Place To Bury Strangers)
3/30 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA (w/A Place To Bury Strangers)

22 Dec
2011

The Joy Formidable performed “A Heavy Abacus” and “Ostrich” on Last Call with Carson Daly.

Watch the videos below and pick up their album The Big Roar on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl