Saturday, October 1, 2011

Rocktober: The Joy Formidable Have Officially Blown My Mind

I wanted to start off Rocktober with a bang, and this is exactly the band to do it. The Joy Formidable is a three piece band from North Wales that have a huge, melodic sound that feels like it's coming from a band twice their size. They also can get quite noisy, in such a good way.

When I first heard them it was the kind of discovery that only happens a few times in your entire lifetime. It mostly reminds me of the feeling when I first heard Sunny Day Real Estate (17 years ago. WTF!?!). But unfortunately, and unlike Sunny Day Real Estate, this discovery makes me terribly depressed because it was just too late to catch them at a small club. Things are blowing up for them, quickly. Next month they're doing shows with the Foo Fighters, and this week they were announced as the lead-off track on the Twilight: Breaking Dawn soundtrack. A few months ago, most of us had no clue what we were missing.

If you haven't heard The Joy Formidable, here is the video that started it all for me. If you have heard of them, I'm sure you'll be re-watching the video again anyway.

Prepare yourself for the best 8 minutes of your day.

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