Global Showcase: The Joy Formidable

Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable recording in Maine.


From Wales.

Back in March 2012 my friend and I were standing and drinking PBR tall boys in the Front Lounge at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA, when out from a staff only door came two mammoth body guards, escorting a tiny blonde woman dressed in black, with a guitar, to the main stage. It was The Joy Formidable‘s singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan. Tiny, yet she packs a big punch. Quite the badass. I’m pretty sure she smashed two guitars to pieces off a gong throughout the show.

They absolutely rocked the Paradise Rock Club. One of the best live shows I’ve ever been to. Maybe the intimate setting of the @ParadiseRockClb helped,  but they impressed the shit outta me. Every song was good, and they absolutely rock out and extend songs whenever they damn well please. Ritzy and bassist/singer Rhydian Dafydd obviously have a unique chemistry, and it shows in their performances and song-writing. They give off a very real, passionate, and down to earth vibe. I was most impressed by drummer Matt Thomas ‘ skill and stamina. Dude’s a beast. Incredible.

No release date yet for their new album “Wolf’s Law” but 2011’s “The Big Roar” is awesome from beginning to end, so get excited. They closed with Whirring when I saw them. Must watch. Also, Buoy is my favorite.






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