The Joy Formidable: The Big Roar
Daylight savings time is over -- not that it matters for Arizonans. Spring is slowly creeping upon us, bringing with it a fresh slate of new releases. The biggest release of this spring will come next week, but for now we have Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable and their much-anticipated debut album The Big Roar. Led by enigmatic chanteuse Ritzy Bryan, The Joy Formidable bridge together thundering rock music with a pinch of grunge and a light coating of some indie rock, for good measure.
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
Rolling Stone: The Big Roar recycles and magnifies tracks from Joy Formidable's 2009 EP, A Balloon Called Moaning: The multitracked vocal attack of "Austere" is transformed from pub brawl to arena prizefight; "Whirring" gets expanded into a six-minute-plus epic of face-melting, Sonic Youth-ful jamming.
Pitchfork: After a decade that saw Britpop break down into Franz Ferdinandian funk, Arctic Monkeys insolence, and xx-ian austerity, the Joy Formidable project a certain guileless bravado rarely heard since the mid-1990s.
The Guardian: Singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan seems to feel one of her is nowhere near enough: her guitar tracks are heaped on each other, until the whole edifice is teetering under its own weight, and her voice is layered and treated into a smooth, shiny facade.
NME: It may be an anomaly, but it's essential in showing The Joy Formidable's true ethos. Here, you see, is a band that have ended up sounding stadium-ready by default; their music may be massive but the intentions and emotions beneath it are firmly rooted in the ground.
The Big Roar is out now in the US via Atlantic.