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The Joy Formidable "Cradle" 2×7"

Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 @ 8:32am » permalink

The Joy Formidable - CradleThe latest from absolutely incredible UK trio The Joy Formidable is the "Cradle" EP: A double-7" (released by Try Harder Records) featuring two new songs alongside remixes of those same two compositions. I placed The Joy Formidable among my 10 favorite releases of 2008, and the two new tracks here just continue to strengthen that decision, as every single song I've heard from the band to date is just fucking awesome. Sure, the vast majority of my listening realm is some form of metal or hardcore, whereas The Joy Formidable deliver a sort of peculiarly new wave-sounding indie pop with punk-ish little tinges, but what can I say? A good song is a good song, and this band seems incapable of writing a lackluster tune. Literally everything they've been kind enough to send me to date has immediately gotten stuck in my head, and I'm always super excited to hear more. The last time I posted about The Joy Formidable there was a positive response as well, so… that's all there is to it. I hope a handful more people catch the bus this time…

The Joy Formidable "Cradle" (excerpt)
The Joy Formidable "Cradle (Kyte Remix)" (excerpt)

If you're interested in getting your hands on the vinyl, I'd recommend acting sooner than later. I've been sitting on these tracks for a long time since the 2×7" wasn't officially released until last week, but the band's forthcoming CD release actually sold out during the pre-order phase (which sucks, 'cause I generally don't pre-order things, and didn't)!? You've been warned…


@ Try Harder Records


  1. Carlos says:

    sounds great!!!

  2. adam says:

    i think the best thing about reading mostly hard-music blogs is the pop that i find there. loving this.

  3. I've been listening to so much metal that these vocals seemed insanely high-pitched to me when in reality they're in a fairly normal range. But it's good stuff. I will have to keep an eye out for this band.

  4. paul says:

    While I enjoy their music, I feel that it's rather unfair to fans to have the entire release (or vinyl pressing) sell out before the album hits the streets. It's difficult to keep track of every band's new releases, especially when your listening catalog is as large as mine (and most people who visit this site). Eiher way thanks for the post, I always enjoy adding some variety to my ordinary listening schedule. If you're interested in another so called "indie/post-punk/etc." band, check out Paper (from Sweden). I actually discovered them through itsatrap.com, a great website that you also turned me on to. Thanks.

  5. Carlos says:

    I totally agree with paul. I already see how some people are preparing to sell the stuff on eBay… oh well…

  6. Catshoe says:

    The WHOLE album is now up for free download – legit , sanctioned by the band, here http://www.nme.com/blog/index.php?blog=122&p=5719&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
    Yes I'm their number one fan, but seriously, there is nothing duff on this.


    Ahhh, awesome! Thanks for that info! The other sanctioned downloads that I was finding via their MySpace page were not the complete album. This is great news…

  8. Hidde says:

    The joy formidable is a fun unorthodox shoegaze experience. Thanks to your posts i got to know them as an interesting sidedish and a bridge to my numerous indie newwave friends… And then i got to see them live.. and i was blown away! Great, but the recordings don't do justice to the live performance.

    recently i heard Texas' True Widow.. man, they do the trick even in the studio! This is the real missing link between metal and newwave, shoegaze, slowcore or whatever you call it. Brilliant! You should check them out..


    I'm checking out True Widow now and it's pretty damn good. Thanks for the tip!

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