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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

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    Sleep Is Day

    12 songs

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    Wolf's Law

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    The Big Roar

    8 songs

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    A Balloon Called Moaning

    13 songs

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    Hitch [Bonus Track]

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    Silent Treatment

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    The Big More

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    Roarities

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    I Don't Want To See You Like This [Deluxe Single]

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    This Ladder Is Ours

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    A Balloon Called Moaning

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    Cholla

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    I Don't Want to See You Like This

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    Liana

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    The Last Thing on My Mind


Top Songs by
The Joy Formidable

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  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.   Liana
  9.   The Last Thing on My Mind
  10.   Cholla
  11.   Cradle
  12.   Little Blimp
  13.   Silent Treatment
  14.   (Maruyama)
  15.   Wolf's Law
  16.   Ostrich
  17.   Tendons
  18.   The Turnaround
  19.   Forest Serenade
  20.   Endtapes
  21.   Llaw = Wall
  22.   The Greatest Light is The Greatest Shade
  23.   9669
  24.   Don't Let Me Know
  25.   Blowing Fire
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