Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Joy Formidable w/ Kitten and Ribs
It’s fitting that The Joy Formidable’s “Whirring” was the first video shown on MTV2’s rebooted “120 Minutes” in 2011, since the song sounds like a great, lost relic from the original alt-nation era—if not an alternate reality where The Smashing Pumpkins never stopped making great albums. Perhaps because of its invocations of an earlier, louder era of modern rock, the song became a decent-sized hit on contemporary alternative radio stations, calling deserved attention to the Welsh trio’s aptly titled 2011 debut, The Big Roar. Produced by Rich Costey, who’s overseen similarly massive records by the Foo Fighters and Muse, the album was one 50-minute-long head rush, led by singer Ritzy Bryan, whose sweet and wistful voice tempered the bite of her surging guitar work. The Joy Formidable followed up that record with this year’s similarly stunning Wolf’s Law, a more varied record that offset the band’s rousing rock with softer, more meditative moments.