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The Joy Formidable


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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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Albums by
The Joy Formidable

Top Songs by
The Joy Formidable

  1.   Song
  2.   Whirring
  3.   This Ladder Is Ours
  4.   A Heavy Abacus
  5.   Austere
  6.   I Don't Want to See You Like This
  7.   The Magnifying Glass
  8.   The Last Thing on My Mind
  9.   Liana
  10.   Cholla
  11.   Little Blimp
  12.   Running Hands With the Night
  13.   Llaw = Wall
  14.   The Leopard and the Lung
  15.   Endtapes
  16.   The Greatest Light is The Greatest Shade
  17.   Cradle
  18.   Sleep Is Day
  19.   Don't Let Me Know
  20.   Fog (Black Windows)
  21.   Radio of Lips
  22.   Tendons
  23.   The Turnaround
  24.   Forest Serenade
  25.   Silent Treatment
  26.   Anemone
  27.   Chapter 2
  28.   While the Flies
  29.   Ostrich
  30.   The Last Drop
  31.   Maw Maw Song
  32.   (Maruyama)
  33.   Ashes to Ashes
  34.   Escape
  35.   Angelfuck
  36.   Blowing Fire
  37.   It's Started
  38.   The Brook
  39.   A Second in White
  40.   All This Promise
  41.   The Hurdle
  42.   Wolf's Law
  43.   The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie
  44.   Buoy
  45.   Popinjay
  46.   Underneath the Petal
  47.   The Gift
  48.   It's Over
  49.   9669
  50.   Bats

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