The Joy Formidable "s/t"Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 @ 7:04am » permalink
I'm not sure if this is to be considered some sort of demo or an EP or what (technically this isn't a true "release", the band just has the three songs available for download on their MySpace page), but I got an email from The Joy Formidable a few weeks ago, and upon checking out their material I was immediately blown away. What's odd about that is that the UK trio's somewhat peculiar niche isn't exactly what I'm normally known for listening to – that is to say there's nothing even remotely metal- or hardcore-esque about this music in the least – but I simply can't deny a good song, and every single one of these tracks is just fuckin' great. I have absolutely no idea how the majority of the world would classify this stuff (hell, even the band just tags it "Other/Other/Other" on MySpace), but there's a little bit of punk-ish indie rock to the tonality and catchiness of the songwriting, though the overall vibe kind of has that Interpol-ish contemporary new wave thing going on (And I just use Interpol as a loose reference point there since they're sort of a benchmark, you know?), it's just more upbeat and memorable as opposed to relying on the darker and more subdued side of things (though there is a certain somber air in there, too). I don't know, it's just excellent material, and I totally can't wait to hear more from this band. It won't be for everyone as far as the readership of this site's concerned, but I know a number of you will appreciate it as I do. Awesome.
Download all three tracks from The Joy Formidable's MySpace page.