Cover design by Gustavius Payne
By Peter Dysart
It’s been a blustery overcast morning. The steady rain has formed rivulets and puddles all over the lawn. Hot cup in hand, I’ve opened the email and click on a link to a new song. Within seconds of sound waves pushing a few bars of The . . . → Read More: Tynnu Sylw and the quick trip through the Aruthrol transporter
By Peter Dysart
‘My favourite habit,’ as I’m calling them now, have returned with new music and an interesting new project. It was about a month ago that I received word from the band that they had a new project in the works, and that something would be arriving soon. The Saturday before . . . → Read More: The Joy Formidable dig into something organically Welsh with ‘Aruthrol’
It’s been an exceptional year in music, so I’m breaking with tradition to create a “best of” list of sorts. My 2013 list includes nine favourites, actually. Why only nine? It was nearly impossible to name a tenth and leave off everything else, so I’ll leave it there. Subjective though these lists may be, . . . → Read More: 2013 and the List of Nine (Ten) by Peter Dysart
What started out easily enough as an interview with The Joy Formidable this year ended in a fantastic journey. This past spring, I sat down with Ritzy and Rhydian of The Joy Formidable to have an open and frank discussion on the state of affairs in their world and the music business in general. . . . → Read More: Journey to the Center of Joy — An interview with The Joy Formidable.
By Peter Dysart
PD: Friday morning came like a dull thud. Fell out of bed and down to breakfast just before the kitchen shut. The morning was more challenging than any previous that week, and I hated missing perfectly good sets starting at noon, but there are only so many 03.00 roll-ins one can manage without . . . → Read More: SXSW Friday – “Hells teeth but it was a huge charabanc, and it needed to be,” By Peter Dysart and Mike Hughes
Mike Hughes: Thursday was another hot one in Austin. I was playing with that ‘SXSW conundrum’ — do I go and see British bands, especially ones that are going to be playing down the road from me in a few weeks? The decision today was a resounding yes, so I said farewell for . . . → Read More: SXSW Thursday – We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Fetching Mancunian Blonde on Bass, By Peter Dysart and Mike Hughes
So, Mike speaking here. I’m sitting in Austin-Bergstrom Airport at the end of my second SXSW. I’ve got the cans on to drown out the sound. You can’t knock it, there’s 3 live bands playing in the airport departure lounge on the Monday after it’s all over, but I need to concentrate. On the . . . → Read More: SXSW 2013 – Ground Zero and Day One, By Peter Dysart and Mike Hughes
A review of Wolf’s Law by The Joy Formidable
By Peter Dysart
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T. S. Eliot
Risk is essential to a strong and thriving creative process, but it’s also central to the survival instinct. Popular . . . → Read More: The art of adaptation and survival… The land of milk and evolution… Fuck it. Let’s just see how far they can go.
I can’t recall the last time a song had me at a single listen. No, that’s not true. I do recall and it just so happens it was from same band. So what is it, exactly, that’s going on here? “This Ladder Is Ours” is the third new release from TJF and the . . . → Read More: Climbing a Different Ladder – A Review of The Joy Formidable’s “This Ladder is Ours,” By Peter Dysart
Going on three years now, my favourite band has been The Joy Formidable and I have done little to hide that fact. They are easily one of the highest energy and emotionally satisfying acts on tour and the gigs are mounting, each one better than the last. One hardly notices that their debut . . . → Read More: The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law – A Review By Peter Dysart
The Joy Formidable’s most recent US tour has been a huge success by the looks of things. They have been playing some new songs, notably ‘Silent Treatment’ brilliantly captured here by Paul Gormley. Paul’s a mate of mine and a TJF nut, as evidenced from his nipping over from the UK to NYC to . . . → Read More: The Joy Formidable – Silent Treatment (New Song) and 30 Minute YouTube Set, By Mike Hughes
Photo by Peter Dysart. All Rights Reserved.
I met with The Joy Formidable this past December prior to their last show of the year at the Vogue Theater in the Broad Ripple, Indiana. With my better half in tow, Pam and I sat down to a lengthy discussion with a band on what has . . . → Read More: Truth in Music, the New Album, and Travels with Fans: An Interview with The Joy Formidable, By Peter Dysart
Photo by Peter Dysart
So much has already been written about The Joy Formidable that its nearly cliché to discuss the band’s size, sound, attitude, relationships, or comment on all the attention they’ve recently been paid by other musicians, the press, or the late night show circuit in America.
However, one common theme that . . . → Read More: On the Verge With The Joy Formidable – Fall US 2011 Tour, By Peter Dysart
The accompaniments of fame just keep rolling in for The Joy Formidable. Here are Ritzy, Matt and Rhyd on no less than Letterman, and doing a mighty fine job. They have just played such a well thought out game. The thing that really, I mean REALLY blows me away is that I have played . . . → Read More: “A Talented Trio From North Whales?” – The Joy Formidable – Whirring – Live on David Letterman – And Stream the New “Big More” EP, By Mike Hughes and Peter Dysart
So, you’re driving about town and this song comes on the radio, and you’re thinking — this is one of the best f*&$ing rock songs I’ve heard in a long long time. But then the DJ doesn’t tell you what you were listening to, so you keep recycling the lyrics in your head over . . . → Read More: Dave Grohl Loves The Joy Formidable, By Peter Dysart
The Joy Formidable have been an EPB favorite for a long time now. Here’s Mike Hughes on a recent show:
“I know I’ve been banging on about The Joy Formidable for the last two years. I’ll try to be objective. Let’s do that comparison thing. The moment they walked on stage tonight at Koko, . . . → Read More: The Joy Formidable Cause Seismic Eruption in Camden, by Mike Hughes
The future of SXSW seems well in hand.
SXSW 2011, Part 4
This report has four parts.
Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4
Another important aspect of SXSW is that it is truly an international affair, with many new and established music acts from around the . . . → Read More: SXSW Celebrates 25 Years, Part IV – By Peter Dysart
The Joy Formidable – POPINJAY from Steve Orchard on Vimeo.
The Joy Formidable EPK from Nick Jewell on Vimeo.
And live at the Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle Center:
. . . → Read More: The Joy Formidable Live at SXSW 2011 – Whirring, I Don’t Want To…, Austere, etc.