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THE JOY FORMIDABLE
The Joy Formidable have never been one to shy away from a challenge. Proving that time and again by holding their own as support for legendary artists and acts from Sir Paul McCartney to The Foo Fighters and The Black Keys.
Once described by Rolling Stone as “wickedly bracing and Himalaya-huge;” the fantastic live band would now face the self-appointed challenge of ensuring their onstage energy and ability to connect with audiences translated via recording. That is the challenge that TJF took on for their upcoming third release. “We realized we needed to build a space and do it ourselves, go back to being three people in a room again” said Ritzy (Rhiannon) Bryan regarding the band’s decision to self-produce the new record.
Twelve months later, the band have made an album that has “musically and emotionally put them through the wringer” but as the band explains, “it’s fine for it to hurt, to finish a record feeling exhausted, we needed a good purge”
Continuing on the path of taking matters into their own hands, the group set out to build the right team around the new music by getting the legendary Alan Moulder to mix the album (The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, etc) and by starting their own label and teaming up with Caroline Records as new partners for the release.
“We wanted to work with people who feel as strong as we do about music, who listen to albums, love the art and let that take control.” “On this album, we’ve been lucky enough to feel that same enthusiasm from everyone involved.” This self-starter approach has been a staple of TJF for quite some time, building consistently since the band moved back to North Wales.
The Joy Formidable started right away by launching their own label, C’mon Lets Drift and built a studio – The Red Brick – in the hills they roamed when they were growing up. They have since used that studio to write and record their astonishing new album, ‘Hitch’ out March 25, 2016, an evolutionary step forward from its predecessors The Big Roar (2011) & Wolf’s Law (2013).
Audiences were treated to a preview of some new material during the band’s fall festival appearances, including VooDoo Fest, Riot Fest and CMJ. Worldwide touring commenced 2016 in support of the band’s new album.
THE JOY FORMIDABLE ADD NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF RECENT RELEASE, HITCH, OUT NOW
Welsh trio The Joy Formidable are touring in support of their recently released album Hitch,outvia their own record label C’Mon Lets Drift in partnership with Caroline (US), Orchard/ Membran (Europe) and MapleMusic (Canada.) The fantastic live band went to work on their third studio album with one mission: to make sure their unique live performance and energy was captured on record. “We realized we needed to build a space and do it ourselves, go back to being three people in a room again” said Ritzy Bryan regarding the band’s decision to self-produce the new album.
Following suit with their decision to take the reigns on this album, The Joy Formidable chose to “work with people who feel as strong as we do about the music, who listen to albums, love the art and let that take control.” One such early supporter was the legendary Alan Moulder (The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, etc;) who mixed the album. The band states “on this album, we’ve been lucky enough to feel that same enthusiasm from everyone involved.”
The band are excited to share that they’ve added several North American summer dates, with full dates listed below. Regarding a recent performance: “…witnessing the return of the North Wales trio was as close to rock ‘n’ roll nirvana as you are likely to get.” In addition to their powerful live show, the band will be offering fans a chance to attend a meet and greet and intimate, acoustic performance before doors.
4/5/2016 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
4/6/2016 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
4/7/2016 Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
4/8/2016 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
4/10/2016 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small’s Theater
4/12/2016 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
4/13/2016 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
4/14/2016 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/15/2016 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
5/29/2016 Reno, NV @ Cargo @ The Whitney
6/4/2016 Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
6/6/2016 Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
6/7/2016 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National
6/8/2016 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
6/9/2016 Grand Rapids, MI @ Founder’s Ballroom
6/10/2016 Cincinnati, OH @ Fountain Square
6/11/2016 St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
6/14/2016 Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag
6/15/2016 Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club / NXNE
6/17/2016 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
6/18/2016 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
6/19/2016 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
7/19/2016 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
7/20/2016 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
7/21/2016 Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
7/22/2016 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
7/26/2016 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
7/27/2016 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
7/28/2016 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
THE JOY FORMIDABLE ANNOUNCE FORTHCOMING ALBUM DETAILS, US TOUR, SHARE NSFW MUSIC VIDEO FOR LATEST RELEASE ‘THE LAST THING ON MY MIND’
Welsh trio The Joy Formidable are happy to announce that they’ll be releasing their highly anticipated forthcoming album Hitch on Friday, March 25th via their own record label C’Mon Lets Drift in partnership with Caroline (US), Orchard/ Membran (Europe) and MapleMusic (Canada.) Once described by Rolling Stone as “wickedly bracing and Himalaya-huge,” the fantastic live band went to work on their third studio album with one mission: to make sure their unique live performance and energy was captured on record. “We realized we needed to build a space and do it ourselves, go back to being three people in a room again” said Ritzy Bryan regarding the band’s decision to self-produce the new album. Following suit with their decision to take the reigns on this album, The Joy Formidable chose to “work with people who feel as strong as we do about the music, who listen to albums, love the art and let that take control.” One such early supporter was the legendary Alan Moulder (The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, etc;) who mixed the album. The band states “on this album, we’ve been lucky enough to feel that same enthusiasm from everyone involved.” Recording in their studio The Red Brick in the Welsh hills where they grew up boded well for the band, and Hitch is a huge leap forward from its predecessors The Big Roar (2011) and Wolf’s Law (2013.) More minimal in style, with earthy tones of the Blues and Folk, it swaggers and haunts in equal measure. “It’s one of the most driving records we’ve made but it’s also the saddest’ says Ritzy “This album takes you to places that we might not have taken you before” No stranger to boundary pushing topics, The Joy Formidable are also excited to present their entirely NSFW music video for their first single ‘The Last Thing On My Mind.’ Ritzy explains “It’s a song about freedom, about feeling alive & a part of that is about sexual liberation too, which is why we wanted to make a music video from the perspective of a heterosexual female gaze. It shows men in many forms, being free, being sexy, being watched, it’s beautiful and provocative and is some small attempt to re address the existing imbalance of perspective and nudity in music videos” Hitch is available for pre order now, it features exclusive artwork by Ralph Steadman and anyone who orders the album from the band’s web store will receive bonus track “Passerby” (not available on the album) as well as access to tickets before the US tour general on-sale on Friday January 29th.
1. A Second In White
2. Radio Of Lips
3. The Last Thing On My Mind
5. The Brook
6. It’s Started
7. The Gift
8. Running Hands With The Night
9. Fog (Black Windows)
10. Underneath The Petal
11. Blowing Fire
12. Don’t Let Me Know
Monday, March 28th 2016 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Tuesday, March 29th 2016 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Wednesday, March 30th 2016 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall Friday, April 1st 2016 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Saturday, April 2nd 2016 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
Tuesday, April 5th 2016 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Wednesday, April 6th 2016 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Thursday, April 7th 2016 Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
Friday, April 8th 2016 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Sunday, April 10th 2016 PIttsburgh, PA @ Mr Small’s Theater
Tuesday, April 12th 2016 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Wednesday, April 13th 2016 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Thursday, April 14th 2016 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Friday, April 15th 2016 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
The Joy Formidable Release Acoustic EP “Sleep Is Day”, Announce Pledge Project with all proceeds donated to the Sumatran Orangutan Society and Touring with KONGOS and Placebo
On September 27th (yeah, that’s today, folks!) The Joy Formidable release a brand new digital EP called ‘Sleep Is Day’. The is the first all acoustic EP the band have shared despite a career busy with acoustic performance and album gems like “Silent Treatment” and “The Brook”.
Singer Ritzy Bryan explains “we had some beautiful live recordings of tracks from ‘Hitch’ that we’d done acoustically, I think they were the building blocks of this EP. Then things got dangerous when we started dabbling with a few covers.”
‘Sleep Is Day’ pays ode to David Bowie, the Misfits reunion and TJF’s current tour buddies, the South African four piece KONGOS.
Currently touring together in North America and Canada until late October, Ritzy hints that early next year could bring an acoustic tour. “We’re planning on taking a show on the road that’s very intimate and features some great guest performers.
A track on the EP has also inspired a charity project through Pledge launching on October 3rd with all profits being donated to SOS, the Sumatran Orangutan Society – http://www.orangutans-sos.org. Says Ritzy, “We read a tweet by the naturalist and conservationist Bill Oddie. He was lamenting the destruction of the lianas in the orangutans’ natural habitat. We have a song on our EP called “Liana” and once we started reading about the crisis the orangutan was facing, it set the wheels in motion for us wanting to raise some money.” Several items are to be sold by the band, including artwork, merchandise and one of Ritzy’s Fender guitars. The accompanying video for “Liana” takes you on a journey through tropical rainforests and all its inhabitants. It reminds us how we are all connected, how the “forest of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
‘Sleep Is Day’ EP Track listing
2016 Live Dates
9/27: Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA*
9/29: Union Hall – Edmonton, AB*
9/30: Macewan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB*
10/1: Loui’s – Saskatoon, SK*
10/2: Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB*
10/4: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN*
10/5: The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL*
10/6: St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI*
10/8: Metropolis – Montreal, QC*
10/9: Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON*
10/11: Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY*
10/12: The Royale – Boston, MA*
10/14: The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD*
10/15: PlayStation Theater – New York, NY*
10/16: Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA*
10/18: The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC*
10/20: House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA*
10/21: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX*
10/22: Emo’s – Austin, TX*
10/23: Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX*
10/24: El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM*
10/25: Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV*
10/26: The Music Box – San Diego, CA*
10/27: Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA*
10/28: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA*
10/29: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ*
11/7: Mercedes-Benz Arena – Berlin, Germany+
11/8: Forum Karlin – Prague, Czech Republic+
11/10: KC Drazen Petrovic-Cibona – Zagreb, Croatia+
11/11: Budapest Sportarena – Budapest, Hungary+
11/13: Stadhalle – Vienna, Austria+
11/15: Mediolanumform – Milan, Italy+
11/16: Hallenstadion – Zurich, Switzerland+
11/18: Zenith Arena – Lille, France+
11/19: Sportpaleis Antwerpen – Merksem, Belgium+
11/21: Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, Netherlands+
11/23: Festhalle-Messe – Frankfurt, Germany+
11/24: Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany+
11/25: Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof – Ronneburg, Germany
11/26: Galaxie – AmnEville, France+
11/28: Zenith Nantes Metropole – Saint Herblain, France+
11/29: AccorHotels Arena – Paris, France+
11/30: Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
* with KONGOS
+ with Placebo
The Joy Formidable have just announced their spring tour. A limited run in handpicked venues to showcase a different side of the band.
“The response from the acoustic Sleep is Day EP was so great, we thought we’d give fans a chance to see us perform an entire set in that format,” said Ritzy Bryan.
“These dates will be a celebration of songwriting and storytelling, a chance to hear material from Sleep is Day and other tracks in a stripped down, intimate show. Come join us around the campfire on our Leave no Trace Tour,” added Rhydian Davies.
The Leave No Trace dates will go on sale this coming weekend. Details added below.