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Aug 08, 2022

Welsh rock band The Joy Formidable have announced the release of the deluxe edition of their most recent album, Into the Blue. They have also announced U.S. tour dates in support of the album and have shared a new track from the reissue, “Somewhere New.” More

10 Best Songs of the Week: TORRES, W.H. Lung, Mega Bog, Soccer Mommy, and More

Plus HARD FEELINGS, Wye Oak, Morly, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 16, 2021

Welcome to the 27th Songs of the Week of 2021. There wasn’t an onslaught of amazing new songs this week, but we liked enough to come up with a solid Top 10. More

The Joy Formidable Share Video for New Song “Chimes”

Into the Blue Due Out August 20 via Enci Records

Jul 13, 2021

Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable are releasing a new album, Into the Blue, on August 20 via Enci Records. Now they have shared a new single from it, “Chimes,” via a self-directed video featuring lead singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan performing along to the song in a barn, along with an animated bird. More

The Joy Formidable Announce New Album, Share New Song “Back to Nothing”

Into the Blue Due Out August 20 via Enci Records

May 07, 2021

Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable have announced a new album, Into the Blue, and shared a new song from it, “Back to Nothing.” More

The Joy Formidable Share Video for New Song “Into the Blue”

Their First New Single Since 2018’s AAARTH

Mar 26, 2021

Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable have shared a brand new song, “Into the Blue,” via a video for the track. It’s the band’s first new single since their 2018 album, AAARTH. More

The Cure Curated Pasadena Daydream Festival Announced - Mogwai, Pixies, The Twilight Sad

August 31 at the Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA

May 14, 2019

A new one-day festival, Pasadena Daydream Festival, has been announced. It is headlined by goth legends The Cure and the lineup was also curated by the band. More

The Joy Formidable Share Video for “The Wrong Side”

AAARTH Due Out September 28 via Hassle

Aug 06, 2018

The Joy Formidable are releasing a new album, AAARTH, on September 28 via Hassle. Now the Welsh trio have shared a video for its first single, “The Wrong Side.” The video company TRLLM directed the psychedelic clip, which you can watch below. More

Under the Radar Announces May/June 2016 Issue with M83 on the Cover

Issue 57 Also Includes Interview with Lush, Primal Scream, John Carpenter, Frightened Rabbit, Underworld, Yeasayer, Frankie Cosmos, Julien Baker, Cat's Eyes, School of Seven Bells, Parquet Courts, Fear of Men, Minor Victories, Kevin Morby, and More

May 06, 2016

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our May/June 2016 issue (out May, June, and into July), which has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon. It will also soon be available digitally via Under the Radar‘s app, and the magazine apps Zinio, Readly, and Readbug. The issue features M83 on the cover. More

Apr 04, 2016

The Joy Formidable released their new album, Hitch, a couple of weeks back on the band’s own label, C’Mon Lets Drift, in partnership with Caroline (US), Orchard/Membran (Europe), and MapleMusic (Canada). Now the Welsh trio has announced some more North American tour dates that take them across the country through July. More

The Joy Formidable Announce New Album, Share NSFW Video Featuring Lots of Butts

Hitch Due Out March 25, Watch Video for "The Last Thing on My Mind"

Jan 26, 2016

The Joy Formidable have announced a new album and shared a NSFW video for its first single, “The Last Thing on My Mind.” Hitch is due out March 25 on the Welsh trio’s own label, C’Mon Lets Drift, in partnership with Caroline (US), Orchard/Membran (Europe), and MapleMusic (Canada). The album was self-produced by the band and recorded at The Red Brick studios in the Welsh hills. Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails) mixed the album. Below is the tracklisting and their upcoming tour dates. More

Listen: The Joy Formidable - “Gold Day” (Sparklehorse Cover)

Featured on Tribute Album Last Box of Sparklers

Dec 13, 2013

Yesterday it was revealed that Box Of Stars,, a non-profit that raises awareness for mental health, was attempting to launch a tribute album for singer/songwriter Mark Linkous, a.k.a. Sparklehorse, who tragically committed suicide in 2010. More

Watch: The Joy Formidable Play “Fallon”

Perform "This Ladder Is Ours"

Jan 21, 2013

This week Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable will release their sophomore LP Wolf’s Law. More

Nov 09, 2012

The Joy Formidable will kick 2013 off with their signature, distortion-heavy guitar shredding when they release Wolf’s Law, the sophomore follow-up to their 2011 debut The Big Roar. More

The Joy Formidable Announce Tour Dates

Supporting Muse + Headline Shows

Sep 28, 2012

The Joy Formidable is hitting the road in support of their forthcoming album Wolf’s Law (out this January). More

Listen: The Joy Formidable - “Cholla”

First Proper Single From Sophomore LP Wolf's Law

Sep 07, 2012

A while back anthem amp exploders The Joy Formidable announced the release of their forthcoming sophomore album Wolf’s Law, releasing a video for a song sharing the same name. More

The Joy Formidable Announce Completion of Sophomore LP

Preview New Material On Upcoming Tour

May 08, 2012

Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable have announced that they have completed recording for their forthcoming sophomore album. More

Mar 12, 2012

Uber-amplified rock trio The Joy Formidable have premiered a coloful music video for their latest single “A Heavy Abacus,” featured on the group’s breakthrough album The Big Roar. More

2012 Sasquatch Music Festival Lineup Announced

Featuring Jack White, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, and More

Feb 03, 2012

The 11th annual Sasquatch Music Festival has announced its official lineup of artists, including Jack White, Bon Iver, Tenacious D, The Shins, St. Vincent, Feist, The Roots, Beirut, and Beck. More


Aug 20, 2021

Welsh trio The Joy Formidable return today with their fifth studio album, Into the Blue, which was recorded during the global pandemic restrictions. Frontwoman and guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd spent the lockdown at Bryan’s home in Utah, whilst drummer Matt Thomas remained in the UK. More

Nov 14, 2019

Time really does fly when you’re having fun and making great records. Which is something The Joy Formidable can testify to. Formed in the North Wales border town of Mold back in 2007, they’ve earned a reputation as one of the most consistent and engaging live bands over the past decade, while releasing four critically acclaimed albums in the process. More

The Joy Formidable

Hermits and Hearsay

Jun 22, 2016

In the opening seconds of “The Last Thing on My Mind,” the lead single off The Joy Formidable‘s third album, Hitch, listeners are provided an ears-only glimpse of the band before the final count in to the song’s thumping, ever-present riff. More

2012 Artist Survey: The Joy Formidable

Ritzy Bryan Reflects on the Last Year

Jan 21, 2013

For Under the Radar‘s 10th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2012. Pick up the Best of 2012 issue to read many of the responses. We are also posting additional web-exclusive artist survey interviews to the website. Here are responses from Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable. More


Sep 01, 2021

The Welsh trio of Rhiannon (Ritzy) Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd, and Matt Thomas have been making shoegazey soundscapes with post-punk riffage as The Joy Formidable since their debut album dropped in 2011. More

Sep 25, 2018

The new album by The Joy Formidable is being self-released on their own label Seradom. Whatever the reason for AAARTH (an aggressive-sounding title I’m sure you’ll agree) being released in this way, one thing is abundantly clear from the outset: the freedom suits The Joy Formidable. More

Mar 23, 2016

The Joy Formidable continue on their single-minded path toward sheer scale, this time around taking things a little more slowly in the studio. In fact, the band started by building a studio, The Red Brick, in their native Wales, then spent 12 months recording the album themselves. More

Jan 29, 2013

With its 2011 debut, The Big Roar, The Joy Formidable helped to usher in a new wave of ‘90s nostalgia, with grungy guitars galore and alterna-happy songwriting that very often seemed to favor general sonic assault over pure song craft. The sound was hauntingly familiar, almost too much so, like The Smashing Pumpkins heard for the hundredth time on alternative radio, yet it also managed to bring back those halcyon years when heavy-guitar bombast was all the rage. More