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Live Video: The Joy Formidable
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are used to seeing guitarist and vocalist Ritzy Bryan thrashing about wild-eyed on stage, practically destroying her guitar, her amps and the audience's ears. She and bassist/vocalist Rhydian Dafydd and percussionist Matthew James Thomas always seem to keep it together, though, even on the verge of chaos. That's their gift, and why fans pack venues to see their explosive live shows. Funny, then, it should be during an acoustic set on the Morning Show when they let out all of their internal band anger -- apparently Rhydian and Matthew bicker like a married couple, and they all seem to want to shove each other's heads down tour bus toilets. But whatever pent up aggression or love they may feel for each other, they gel just as naturally when they perform paired down versions recently in the KEXP studio of two older and two newer songs -- don't say "stripped down" down, as they're only "semi naked... from the head up." Watch the beautiful performance and entertaining interview now: Full Performance: Live Video: The Joy Formidable
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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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