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The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable: The Big RoarThe Big Roar (2011)
Atlantic

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Though these Welsh rockers may be a new name to us here in The States, they've been making huge waves over on their continent, releasing a handful of singles and EPs, a live disc and even having shared the stage with Sir Paul McCartney. Quicky becoming a word-of-mouth sensation, the band's debut min.
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Though these Welsh rockers may be a new name to us here in The States, they've been making huge waves over on their continent, releasing a handful of singles and EPs, a live disc and even having shared the stage with Sir Paul McCartney. Quicky becoming a word-of-mouth sensation, the band's debut mini-LP, A Balloon Called Moaning was cited by Spin magazine as one of the 10 Best Records You Might Have Missed in 2010. This, their much-anticipated followup, is available today on this side of the Atlantic (via Atlantic), and sees the Joy Formidable loosening up their sound some and delivering loud, anthemic walls of crashing guitars and irresistible hooks that leave you wondering how a mere trio could make something so booming, majestic and grand in scope.

While the Joy Formidable have their roots deeply embedded in shoegazing, dreamy indie pop, The Big Roar takes those influences and buries them under frantic, powerful and buzzing guitar work that mirrors arena rock thundering. Showing more depth to their sound than most stadium rock outfits, the band also mix haunting ballads, garage rock thumping and songs that build from a faint pulse into epic, soaring textured noise with sultry yet powerful female vocals. Imagine the big rock buzz of a band like Jimmy Eat World, but with the dirty fuzziness of Sonic Youth and influences from Echo & the Bunnymen and the Waterboys, and you'll get some idea of where the Joy Formidable are coming from.

Produced by the band themselves with the help of engineer Neak Menter and mixed and produced in L.A. by Rich Costey (Foo Fighters, Muse), the band are setting out on a lengthy tour of The States soon to bring The Big Roar live. Perhaps the most aptly titled record in recent history, there's no doubt these songs were meant to be played at max volume, and after three years in the making, this debut full-length is a stunning display of powerful riffage, big choruses and punchy pop melodies. A band whose objective is to create loud and catchy music, to say the Joy Formidable achieved this would be a huge understatement. This thing is massive.

 

 
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R3vengeTherapy (March 21, 2011)

I've been listening to this band since A Balloon Called Moaning and I have something called It's Just A World Apart that was, presumably, released this year. Is this the same record with a different title?

Also, this review reads more like a press release. You told me almost nothing about the songs.

Also, the Yuck record is my absolute favorite of the year so far.

colin (March 19, 2011)

these kids kill it live, have seen them twice so far at sxsw and they know how to rock for sure.

HeresLookinAtYou (March 19, 2011)

Big fan.

TheMike (March 18, 2011)

These guys and Yuck are good.... James Blake doesn't appeal to me at all, however.

Mystereohasmono (March 18, 2011)

eatdogs: Yuck is great.

eatdogs (March 18, 2011)

yeah, this band has a lot of buzz goin', but so does the vaccines, james blake and yuck. all three of those should be checked out...

Deadpan (March 18, 2011)

These guys put on a solid live show. Plus, it's always nice to see a Welsh band that doesn't completely blow chunks garner a bit of buzz. Go Wales etc.

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