Know Your Rites: The Joy Formidable
... For this installment of Stereogum's web series Know Your Rites, we talked to Welsh rockers the Joy Formidable
before they performed on the Honda Stage at this month's Austin City Limits. The trio discussed the folklore that inspires their music and the physical fights that the members, lovingly, get into backstage. Check it out below. Know Your Rites: The Joy Formidable
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Live Video: The Joy Formidable @ Bumbershoot Music Lounge
... photo by Morgen Schuler (view set) Easily one of the most popular bands to perform during our broadcast from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge, The Joy Formidable
have blown up since the first time they played for KEXP back in 2010. Their second and most recent album, Wolf's Law, amps up their shoegazery rock sound to epic proportions, yet their live performance has always been the wildest ride imaginable. Watch in the videos below as vocalist/guitarist Ritzy Bryan, bassist Rhydian Dafydd and drummer Matt Thomas wail about on-stage for one of the most dynamic shows you'll ever see... and be sure to see them for yourself live at the Neptune as KEXP presents Little Big Show #7 with The Joy Formidable
and Feral Children on Thursday, October 17. Tickets are going fast so get them now! Full Performance: Live Video: The Joy Formidable
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Live at Bumbershoot 2013, Day 3: The Joy Formidable
... the years, quite happily. And today was no different. The trio launched on stage, filling the music lounge with distorted guitars and a GIANT drum sound. The blond-bobbed lead singer Ritzy's voice was playful over the otherwise heavy instrumentation, the rhythm of which matched by house lights. The Joy Formidable
was the perfect band to finish out the KEXP music lounge stage. With elements of power-pop, enticing vocals and vocal accompaniments, a touch of grace and energy to spare, the band owned their performance, perhaps unlike any act prior. The buzz in the lounge was palpable. And Ritzy's ... [ read more ]
The Joy Formidable (2007-)
Ritzy Bryan (vocals, guitar)
Rhydian Dafydd (vocals, bass)
Matt Thomas (drums, percussion)
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It didn't take The Joy Formidable long to earn praise from their rock 'n' roll peers. Garbage's Shirley Manson, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, and Elvis Costello and the Imposters keyboardist Steve Nieve have all expressed their appreciation for the Welsh band's music.
Before forming The Joy Formidable with drummer Matt Thomas, vocalist/guitarists Ritzy Bryan and Rhydian Dafydd were in another Welsh band called Sidecar Kisses. Apparently Bryan joined the band as a guitarist and didn't have much say in the creative direction of the band. Dafydd realized that Bryan was good at writing her own songs, so Sidecar Kisses split up and with the help of Thomas, The Joy Formidable was born.
The biggest show The Joy Formidable ever played was a stadium show opening for Paul McCartney in front of 60,000 fans.
The Joy Formidable donate some of the process they receive for every single show to charity. The charities they support change ever tour, but they mostly support homeless shelters.
The Joy Formidable front woman Ritzy Bryan says she "has a problem with hoarding." Bryan likes to collect all of the things fans throw onstage during the band's shows, inflatable objects, a doll, a dragon, and an 8 foot bottle.
As a pre-show ritual, the members of The Joy Formidable like to wrestle each other. Front woman Ritzy Bryan, who often wears funky vintage outfits onstage, describes herself as a "formidable wrestler, like Scrappy-Doo" and likes the ritual because "it gets the blood pumping."
In 2011, The Joy Formidable appeared on the soundtrack for the Twilight movie Breaking Dawn, Part 1. Lead singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan said the band was excited about it even though they had not read the Twilight books or seen the movies.
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