THE JOY FORMIDABLE
Spending 2009 touring the U.K, Europe and Australia with bands including Editors, Temper Trap and Passion Pit the trio mastered performing small underground clubs to Huge festival stages. Teaming up with Black Bell Records, started by Passion Pit's Ayad Al Adhamy, they released 'A Balloon Called Moaning' in February 2010 to much acclaim. The New York Times Jon Pareles praised the EP's "cryptic lyrics that glint with urgency...the music regenerates the turbulent haze of 1990s rock, but it's less tormented and more anthemic, confident of the pop structures at its core'.
Recently signing with Canvasback/Atlantic Records, they release their debut for the label titled 'The Big Roar' in May this year. Producing the album themselves with help from engineer Neak Menter. Travelling to Los Angeles, they mixed the album with the help of producer Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Glasvegas).
Being hailed by The Guardian as "one to watch" in 2008, the North Welsh trio have toured their primal art rock musings around the country, from lattitude, Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury.
Having worked with some already notable acts from Temper Trap to the breakthrough success Chapel Club, their career highlight so far must be opening for Sir Paul McCartney at Cardiff's Millenium Stadium.
"...The Joy Formidable do not dream small dreams, and its beckoning is irresistible to all but the coldest heart. Practically every moment is one wide grin of noise-induced, arms-aloft youth.
...When I’m listening to it, I want to share this album with everyone I know, smile at strangers on trains, move for bitchy moms on the bus, dream of sunsets and summer, clean my dishes, even do my laundry. I see a world where melodies prevent work from getting done during the day and heads bop to the cooking of pasta at night — in short, I am imbued with a purity of joy that flees the second this record is over".