One of the reasons why I travel from to London to Kent was this band right here, The Joy Formidable. I've crowing about them since last summer because they come from the school of large, epic and full sounding modern rock. Their early songs like "Austere" and "The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade" showed promise of great thing. Oh yeah, there will be rocking.
Their music is just half of the experience. If you liked the songs, you'll love them live. They throw the fuck down -- no holds barred, grab your knickers because they might be blown off type of fortitude. It all starts with a women who stands 5 feet, 2 inches.
The organizers put the band in the side circus tent, so the bands have to hump and set up their own gear. After a bit of fussing about, I slowly watch them evolve from warming-up to performers. You hear some tones coming through the speakers. It was kind of freaky to me for some reason. Maybe I was reading to much into it but I got the sense of them evolving into rockers before the crowd - a slow Incredible Hulk transformation. Lead singer Ritsy Bryan paces around, sizing up the situation and the crowd. You seem some of that in the picture. Her big eyes peeks out from her hair. Then before you know, she hits a pedal and the sound hits like a sledgehammer to the ears. I'm kneeling in front of her and I thought to myself, "shit is going to go down" I'm not talking about rock star antics and posturing, but pure rocking prowess.
They played for about 30-40 minutes and it felt like they put every ounce of energy that saved for that day into their set. Ritzy only stands still when she has to sing in front of the light. She'll stand on the drums, bump up against her bassist and stare and smile out into the crowd. Yeah, she's a dynamo -- and a cool person to boot.
Musically, they have a bit of Muse in them, but they have straight-forward electric rock tunes that reminds me of Garbage. The tunes from their EP, A Balloon Called Moaning, are never boring. You can pick up for free at their myspace page. Whirling is a must listen, and performing it live had people pumping their fist
The don't need to get use to the small stage because the rest of the summer they'll be doing the festival circuit. Then, they'll look up with Editors and Passion Pit on their respective U.K. tour. Yeah, I wasn't going wait for them to come to the U.S. I had to see the awesomeness in person.