Joy Formidable are a three-piece Indie Rock band from North Wales, currently located in London, England. Joy Formidable consists of Ritzy Bryan (lead vocals, guitar), Rhydian Dafydd (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Matt Thomas (drums, percussion).
Lead vocalist/guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd originally played together as part of indie rock band Tricky Nixon, which later reformed into a New Wave/post-punk band Sidecar Kisses. They regrouped on returning to Mold, Wales and formed The Joy Formidable in 2007.
Following their formation in 2007, and the digital release of the track “Cradle” in July 2008, Joy Formidable released their debut single, “Austere“, on 7” through Another Music(Another Kitchen) Records on 18 August 2008, which was described by The Times as “dreamy indie pop” and drew Joy Formidable some attention when it featured in trailers for Channel 4’s Skins. “Austere” was followed with a second single, a limited edition double 7″ physical release of “Cradle” on Try Harder Records, on 2 February 2009. Joy Formidable released an 8-track mini album A Balloon Called Moaning as a CD/Poster package through Pure Groove Records two weeks later. In support of the record Joy Formidable appeared at several notable festivals, including Latitude Festival and the Reading and Leeds Festivals during which time Justin Stahley was replaced on the drums by Matthew Thomas. May 2009 also saw the issue of a third single, “Whirring”, on 7″ through Friends Vs Records, which was BBC Radio 2’s Radcliffe and Maconie Show’s Pick of the Week for the week of 11 May 2010, before ending 2009 Joy Formidable released a free digital-only single “Greyhounds in the Slips”, produced by and featuring ex-Mansun frontman Paul Draper and a limited edition live album entitled First You Have To Get Mad on 30 November 2009, which had been recorded at Joy Formidable headline London Garage gig two months previously.
Joy Formidable music has been described as “primal epic grunge rock à la The Breeders, Arcade Fire and Yeah Yeah Yeahs” and were citied by The Guardian as “one to watch” in 2008.
Joy Formidable also notably toured the UK with Editors and Passion Pit. On 26 June 2010, Joy Formidable supported Sir Paul McCartney at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. The very next day, they performed an opening set on the Other Stage at the Glastonbury Festival 2010 to a sizable crowd of dedicated fans. In July Joy Formidable supported The Temper Trap on their Australian tour leg. Joy Formidable played the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2010, on the 27th and 29th respectively. They also toured as part of the 2010 NME Radar Tour, supported by Chapel Club, Flats and Wilder.
Joy Formidable’s sixth single “Popinjay” was released through iTunes Store on 21 February 2010, ahead of a physical release on 5 April 2010, to trail their full debut album “The Big Roar“, due for release in January 2011.
In support of the single and album an UK headline tour was announced by Joy Formidable. Joy Formidable Tickets are available at at Sold Out Ticket Market.
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