On the surface, The Joy Formidable are at home furiously stomping on pedals, hell bent on permanently damaging eardrums. Loud and melodic, it's arena/festival rock for the sing-along sweaty pogoing masses. However, pulling back the veil, the true face of the band appears, an old soul full of knowledge and secrets, eager to share with all who open their ears and hearts. For those in the secret club, they're rewarded with a collection of hard rocking and foot stomping tunes from a poet's heart -- intimate songs of hope, fear, love, life, death and dying, moving on, and that fearful leap into the unknown.
The Joy Formidable are my current favorite band. I've seen them five times, twice in Birmingham, Alabama, once in Atlanta, and then just last month in Nashville and Pittsburgh. And have even photographed three brilliant performances. I've a few more opportunities this summer and hope I can swing seeing them again. This weekend, I'm off to the UK and the plan is to see them at The Great Escape in Brighton. Just this week, they've shared the second track from Hitch, 'Radio of Lips'. Find it below.
Hitch is available now on their own label C’Mon Let’s Drift, in partnership with Membran.
The band are currently touring the UK, see the below dates.
10/05 - Sheffield, The Plug
12/05 - Wrexham, Focus Wales
13/05 - Colchester, Arts Centre
14/05 - Manchester, Academy 2
16/05 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
17/05 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
18/05 - Norwich, OPEN
19/05 - London, Oval Space
21/05 - The Great Escape Festival
22/05 - Oxford, O2 Academy
23/05 - High Wycombe, Bucks Student Union
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