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The Joy Formidable @ The Majestic 3/20/12

The story of The Joy Formidable began in the small Welsh town of Mold. This is where childhood friends Ritzy Bryan and Rhydian Dafydd grew up. This is also where in 2007, after the breakup of their previous band Tricky Nixon, they returned to begin playing together under the new moniker The Joy Formidable.

Together they experimented with various sounds, combining heavy guitars and bass with catchy pop melodies. They released their first single "Austere" in 2008 and a year later, after adding current drummer Mat Thomas, they were introduced to American audiences when they opened for Passion Pit at a pair of sold-out shows in New York. Around this time they released the EP A Balloon Called Moaning which received good reviews from critics and heavy rotation on indie rock radio stations. Finally in 2011 they released their first album The Big Roar which reached #8 on Billboards Heatseekers chart. Most recently, they had a song featured on the Twilight: Breaking Dawn soundtrack.

The Joy Formidable's sound bridges a gap between indie rock, pop, and metal. Loud, distorted guitars, thick bass lines, and double-pedal drums mixed with pop hooks and emotional vocals manages to create powerful songs that rise and fall in intensity.

On Tuesday, March 8, The Joy Formidable with be bringing their unique sounds to The Majestic Theatre in Madison. They will be accompanied by special guests A Place To Bury Strangers and EXITMUSIC. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Doors open at 7:00, show beings at 8:00.


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