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The Joy Formidable

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/09-Cradle.mp3|titles=Cradle]In April, Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl proclaimed his love for the Joy Formidable saying that their song “Whirring” was the song of the year. I can’t help but agree.

Forming in Wales, the trio has begun to get international recognition from music fans and artists alike with their intense approach to rock music. With female Ritzy Bryan tackling the vocals for the band, their sound is one that is seldom matched by other alternative rock acts. Each track on their latest release “The Big Roar” comes at you with tons of raw energy, and an array of sounds that enhance the overall experience.

The video for “Whirring” is phenomenal, and manages to equal the pure excellence of the track itself. The song is about the trials and tribulations of schizophrenia and the battles within the mind of someone suffering from it. Therefore, the video faces the challenge of having to match the complexity of the song and needless to say, the video director got the job done. Visually, the video is beautiful and frame to frame there is something else to “wow” your eyes. There is no doubt that this is one of the catchiest alternative rock tracks of 2011.

Perhaps one of the best ways to describe the Joy Formidable would be “weird.” But it’s a good weird. Especially on tracks like “Austere,” where a screech by Bryan is the focal-point of the whole song. In the beginning, it is rather haunting, but by the end, it’s hard to think the song could exist without it. Personally, I would like to thank the Joy Formidable for being different. In the modern rock era, there are too many bands that simply stick to the three-chord, verse-chorus-bridge formula. However, with this trio, listeners are treated to some songs that have a slow-build up into something epic. It’s not out of place to see some songs end with a two-minute jam session by the three musicians. It’s really refreshing to hear three musicians make the music they want to make and enjoy doing it. Is it weird? Yes. Is it different? Yes. But it’s what makes the Joy Formidable inspire respect through impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable. Yes, I did just define “formidable.” Sneaky, I know.

So as I always say, go out there and give these guys a listen. Download “The Big Roar” and let me know what you think. At the very least, you’ll add something different to your library and have one of the catchiest rock songs of 2011 stuck in your head for the next few days. Dreamland co-founder Brian Caicco and I have been expressing our love for this band non-stop in recent weeks, and I hope you can share the love with us!

Check out the band’s website![audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/04-Austere.mp3|titles=Austere]



  • Anonymous

    Great blog… good to see you back to doing what you do best. I did enjoy “Whirring” a lot. I tend to be a sucker for a female vocalist. Very innovative sound which will fair them well with fans beyond the core of their genre. Another spectacular find my friend. Keep up the good work.

    • http://twitter.com/ryanhancock9 Ryan Hancock

      Glad you enjoyed it man! I’ve been slacking on the blog-front lately, gotta pull up my socks!

  • Anonymous

    I’m so happy you did this post man. I’m such a huge fan of this band. I haven’t been able to stop listening to them for weeks. 

    • http://twitter.com/ryanhancock9 Ryan Hancock

      I know man! You were my inspiration to cover them!

  • http://twitter.com/ambersz Amber Sziklasi

    Good piece, Ryan.  I’ve heard ‘Whirring’ many times, but never clicked in to who performs it.  Great comments on their video too.  I also like your sneakiness… very clever :)

    • http://twitter.com/ryanhancock9 Ryan Hancock

      Yeah the comments are great haha, and oh man, that sneakiness was just a big failure. Thanks for the support!!! You will definitely be thanked in the next blog coming about that band…with that song…:)

  • Chris Elliott

    This is by far your best piece yet, dude. Blown away by the way you broke down their style, influence and that video (which was amazing). REALLY enjoying your progression with the content you choose. PROPS!!! 

    • http://twitter.com/ryanhancock9 Ryan Hancock

      Thanks man! I absolutely love that video, so crazy and just…awesome! haha I’m glad you liked it though man, thanks for the support as always.

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