The Joy Formidable


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June 15, 2018

The Joy Formidable Announce Tour Dates with Foo Fighters

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May 14, 2018

THE JOY FORMIDABLE ANNOUNCES NEW SONG, VIDEO, AND TOUR

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BIOGRAPHY

Today, The Joy Formidable release their highly-anticipated fourth album, AAARTH . Recorded in their mobile studio while travelling the world, the album has received critical acclaim from The A.V. Club Consequence of Sound Guitar World ,Paste , BBC’s Radio 1, and Billboard , who dubbed the record, “art that is both evocative and earnest.” The band recently wrapped a tour with the Foo Fighters and will depart on a North American tour in mid-October. AAARTH is available on a myriad of formats, including digital, CD,vinyl, and an extremely limited box set available exclusively through The Joy Formidable’s AAA Music Club , a unique annual subscription that offers fan bonus items and access to 10 extra tracks; fans can purchase the album today at the band’s website  Amazon Spotify , and Apple Music .

The Joy Formidable is comprised of Ritzy Bryan (lead vocals, guitars), Rhydian Dafydd (bass, backing vocals) and Matt Thomas (drums, percussion). Formed in North Wales 10 years ago, each album they've released has been a joyful adventure and reflection of their fearless, creative discovery and self evolution. The critically-adored trio has always refused to be fenced in or fit

in — that restless and boundless artistic journey continues on their forthcoming album, an arresting and unapologetic tour de force that finds a band at its apex with no sign of getting comfortable.

AAARTH follows 2016’s Hitch, which was critically-acclaimed by Pitchfork, The Guardian, Stereogum, L.A. Weekly, SPIN, and Clash . The forthcoming record marks a transformative, near-psychedelic rebirth that channels long-held anger, soundtracking a chaotic global period of injustice and division, setting it against a deeply poignant backdrop of personal experiences and healing. Bryan explains, “With life not always being that kind, you can either go down a really dark hole or you can smear yourself with colour and reverie and try to forget. That’s what we did withAAARTH ; we threw ourselves into this beautiful vivacious collage of experimentation, real meets unreal, and stopped giving a fuck about things that didn’t matter, and started caring more about the things that are worth your time.”

The album came into being in their mobile recording studio as the band traveled the globe, evident in the music that intertwines the whispering hills of Wales with the otherworldly rainbow canyons of the Utah/Arizona border. Uniting the personal with the mythical and symbolic, Bryan says, “We’ve definitely made a colourful, mystical collage with this record, partly because of our surroundings. Those multi-coloured sunsets & the primeval elements of nature in the Southwest – it’s emboldened our imaginations in the songwriting and the production. I love stories and seeing symbolism and meaning change with different cultures and interpretations. I see it in my lyrics, a lot of the imagery plays on being ambivalent because I’m often expressing a lot of things at once. That’s true of the title; it falls somewhere between a scream, an exaltation, a play on words, and then this motif of the bear (“arth” in Welsh) that spiritually represents strength, wisdom & healing.”

That symbolism reveals itself in the album title, as well as the imaginative, bright cover art, designed by Fernando Chamarelli. Similarly, each track is meticulously weaved into the next, layers peeling to reveal a renewed and re-energized beast, AAARTH .

As the opening poem of the limited edition boxset reads:

"And as the day approached us,

We let go of our night clothes,

The Cicada took them back to the moon,

And our skins burnt Joyfully

Now we said,

NOW"

Today, The Joy Formidable release their highly-anticipated fourth album, AAARTH . Recorded in their mobile studio while travelling the world, the album has received critical acclaim from The A.V. Club Consequence of Sound Guitar World ,Paste , BBC’s Radio 1, and Billboard , who dubbed the record, “art that is both evocative and earnest.” The band recently wrapped a tour with the Foo Fighters and will depart on a North American tour in mid-October. AAARTH is available on a myriad of formats, including digital, CD,vinyl, and an extremely limited box set available exclusively through The Joy Formidable’s AAA Music Club , a unique annual subscription that offers fan bonus items and access to 10 extra tracks; fans can purchase the album today at the band’s website  Amazon Spotify , and Apple Music .

The Joy Formidable is comprised of Ritzy Bryan (lead vocals, guitars), Rhydian Dafydd (bass, backing vocals) and Matt Thomas (drums, percussion). Formed in North Wales 10 years ago, each album they’ve released has been a joyful adventure and reflection of their fearless, creative discovery and self evolution. The critically-adored trio has always refused to be fenced in or fit

in — that restless and boundless artistic journey continues on their forthcoming album, an arresting and unapologetic tour de force that finds a band at its apex with no sign of getting comfortable.

AAARTH follows 2016’s Hitch, which was critically-acclaimed by Pitchfork, The Guardian, Stereogum, L.A. Weekly, SPIN, and Clash . The forthcoming record marks a transformative, near-psychedelic rebirth that channels long-held anger, soundtracking a chaotic global period of injustice and division, setting it against a deeply poignant backdrop of personal experiences and healing. Bryan explains, “With life not always being that kind, you can either go down a really dark hole or you can smear yourself with colour and reverie and try to forget. That’s what we did withAAARTH ; we threw ourselves into this beautiful vivacious collage of experimentation, real meets unreal, and stopped giving a fuck about things that didn’t matter, and started caring more about the things that are worth your time.”

The album came into being in their mobile recording studio as the band traveled the globe, evident in the music that intertwines the whispering hills of Wales with the otherworldly rainbow canyons of the Utah/Arizona border. Uniting the personal with the mythical and symbolic, Bryan says, “We’ve definitely made a colourful, mystical collage with this record, partly because of our surroundings. Those multi-coloured sunsets & the primeval elements of nature in the Southwest – it’s emboldened our imaginations in the songwriting and the production. I love stories and seeing symbolism and meaning change with different cultures and interpretations. I see it in my lyrics, a lot of the imagery plays on being ambivalent because I’m often expressing a lot of things at once. That’s true of the title; it falls somewhere between a scream, an exaltation, a play on words, and then this motif of the bear (“arth” in Welsh) that spiritually represents strength, wisdom & healing.”

That symbolism reveals itself in the album title, as well as the imaginative, bright cover art, designed by Fernando Chamarelli. Similarly, each track is meticulously weaved into the next, layers peeling to reveal a renewed and re-energized beast, AAARTH .

As the opening poem of the limited edition boxset reads:

“And as the day approached us,

We let go of our night clothes,

The Cicada took them back to the moon,

And our skins burnt Joyfully

Now we said,

NOW”

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THE JOY FORMIDABLE COMBINES RAW POWER & MELODIC HOOKS ON ‘AARTH’ (ALBUM REVIEW) (Glide)

The Joy Formidable Announces New Album AAARTH for September 2018 Release (Mxdwn)

The Joy Formidable reveal new single “The Wrong Side” and detail forthcoming album AAARTH (Line Of Best Fit)

The Joy Formidable ‘Make It Weird’ in Trippy ‘The Wrong Side’ Video: Premiere (Billboard)

The Joy Formidable Give ‘The Wrong Side’ A Video (DIY)

The Joy Formidable Get Trippy In ‘The Wrong Side’ (Clash)

The Joy Formidable Share Video for “The Wrong Side” (Under The Radar)

Watch The Joy Formidable’s new video for ‘The Better Me’ (Upset)

The Joy Formidable have dropped a new video for ‘The Better Me’: “It’s a very personal song” (Upset)

Check out The Joy Formidable’s Teenage Kicks playlist, feat. Radiohead, Elvis Costello, Daft Punk and more (Upset)

Watch The Joy Formidable’s “experimental, multi-coloured” new video for ‘The Wrong Side’ (Dork)

The Joy Formidable – “The Wrong Side” (We All Wat Someone To Shout For)

The Joy Formidable share psychedelic video for new single The Wrong Side (Louder)

The Joy Formidable – ‘The Wrong Side’ (When The Horn Blows)

Check Out The Joy Formidable’s Spacey New Video For “The Wrong Side” (Music Existence)

The Joy Formidable mess with our senses in video for ‘The Wrong Side’ (Vanyaland)

The Joy Formidable Announce New Album (Hot Press)

The Joy Formidable announce new album “AAARTH” and share new single “The Wrong Side” / Tour with Foo Fighters (With Guitars)

The Joy Formidable have announced their new album for September (Upset)

The Joy Formidable Announce New Album; Stream New Song (chorus.fm)

The Joy Formidable Announce New LP & Share New Single “The Wrong Side” (Music & Riots Magazine)

The Joy Formidable Announce New Album ‘AAARTH’ (Clash)

The Joy Formidable are returning this fall with 4th album ‘AAARTH’ (Substream)

The Joy Formidable announce new album, AAARTH, share “The Wrong Side”: Stream (Gist Junction)

The Joy Formidable Announce New Album ‘AAARTH’ with New Single ‘The Wrong Side (DIY)

Listen: The Joy Formidable announce fourth studio album, ‘AAARTH,’ share new single ‘The Wrong Side’ (AXS)

Foo Fighters to Be Joined By The Joy Formidable at Safeco Field on September 1st on ‘Concrete and Gold Tour’ (Northwest Music Scene)

Foo Fighters Tour Openers: Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz, More (Pitchfork)

Catch The Joy Formidable as they announce tour dates with Foo Fighters (Music Junkie Press)

The Joy Formidable, Louis The Child, Juneteenth Fest and More To Do This Week (Las Vegas Weekly)

The Joy Formidable Get Animated For ‘Dance Of The Lotus’ Video (antimusic)

The Joy Formidable tease ‘Dance of the Lotus’, detail North American tour (Vanyaland)

tours announced: Cher, Ringworm, Joy Formidable, CHVRCHES, Decemberists, more (Brooklyn Vegan)

The Joy Formidable Premiere New Song ‘Dance of the Lotus’, Announce Tour Dates (Rock Cellar)

The Joy Formidable Announces New Song, Video, And Tour (Broadway World)

The Joy Formidable share the Origins of new song “Dance of the Lotus”: Stream (Consequence of Sound)

Contact

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Tour Dates

Oct 16 – Tustin, CA – Marty’s on Newport
Oct 17 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Oct 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
Oct 21 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriet’s
Oct 21 – Fresno, CA – Strummers
Oct 23 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Oct 26 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Oct 27 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret
Oct 28 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Oct 31 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
Nov 1 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Nov 2 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Nov 3 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Nov 4 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
Nov 6 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Nov 7 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Nov 8 – Buffalo, NY – Rec Room
Nov 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 10 – Washington, DC – Black Cat