The Joy Formidable – While The Flies

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Batten down the hatches cause you’ll soon be listening to the contemporary sound of an air raid siren. In its wake will be the ferocious noise of dropping bombs but instead of dispensing lethal carnage these bombs contain the ingredients that could yet herald the UK’s most promising new band. Ritzy, Rhydian and Justin are hot off the press (forming less than a year ago) and much like that other hotly tipped act the Ting Tings they have yet to release a record (slight dramatic licence). The Joy Formidable are particularly well named because their music is infected with such an irresistable joie-de-vivre. Steve Lamacq has been going ga-ga for ‘Austere’ and it is easy to see why when you clasp ears on guitars going at it at full throttle. I prefer ‘When The Flies’ which supports more ideas than Einstein during a particularly lucid brainstorming session. Voices spring from hidden spaces; guitar chords are stretched and bent to within an inch of their life and a hallucinogenic bass line hovers menacingly just out of reach. Joyful and triumphant. KD

The Joy Formidable – Austere

The Joy Formidable – While The Flies

More Info: Official & Myspace
Buy Songs: Soon
Year: 2008

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