#05. Ten Questions With… The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable consist of Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd and Matt Thomas and they are a band I anticipate seeing live. From the very first time I heard Cradle (the bands debut release on Try Harder Records) that is what got hooked onto this Welsh band.

Only 500 copies of Cradle were produced, the same applied to Austere which was released on Another Music= Another Kitchen in 2008. The band also released “A Balloon Called Moaning” which consisted of just 8 tracks in February of this year. This was released to coincide with a instore at Purgroove Records and the CD was nicely packaged in a box set format. This was only limited to 500 copies but proved so popular the band decided to re-print the album but it would be packaged differently compared to the box set.

So I was delighted when Ritzy agreed to answer the 10 questions for me:

Q 01. What was your first musical instrument and where did you get it?

It was a 1/2 size classical guitar, I was 7 and it was a present from my parents. It’s made a few appearances on our records.

Q 02. What was your favourite gig you have headlined or supported at?

We really enjoyed opening for the Silversun Pickups last month at The Borderline in London. It’s a fantastic venue and we’re big fans of the band. They very kindly dedicated a song to us.

Q 03. If you were to collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

I’d love to work with The Flaming Lips; I can imagine that being a pretty fun collaboration and a good blending of styles.

Q 04. Favourite song to sing live and why?

It changes at every gig, at the moment it’s While the Flies, and probably because we’re working on a new arrangement.

Q 05. Favourite music venue and why?

I thought the Paradiso in Amsterdam was a beautiful, classic looking venue. I’m always drawn to these old theaters and their history.

Q 06. Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?

I couldn’t narrow it down to any one thing, it has many forms; the observed, the dreamed, the personal….

Q 07. Describe your music in 3 words?

again, impossible.

Q 08. What tips do you offer to any one wanting to become a singer or start a band?

The only tip, should be an unspoken rule..you write for yourself, immerse yourself in what you want to put across, listen to as much good music from as many musical genres as you can mentally digest and get out there, as an individual and an innovator. I’m so bored by all these copycat acts and the current obsession of trying to fit in.

Q 09. Who is your favourite singer or band at the moment?

I love the School of Seven Bells album, one of many favourites at the moment.

Q 10. Goals for the year?

Not a fan of goals, I never think that far ahead. We’ll be busy touring, playing festivals and we’re recording the debut album at the moment, which is more of an obsession.

To hear music by The Joy Formidable go to: www.myspace.com/thejoyformidable

To go to the Official site go to: www.thejoyformidable.com

A Balloon Called Moaning is available through the bands shop on the front page of the official site. Second single Whirring is also available as a pre order package which consists of the signed 7″ record, a 35mm Whirring badge and get a chance to win one of 10 pairs of Willy-Whirring golden tickets. These tickets will give you a lifetime of free entry to ANY headlining TJF concert. The offer for Whirring ends this week.

Forthcoming dates:

22/05/09 @ Koko (supporting Cage the Elephant) – London
23/05/09 @ Stag and Dagger Festival @ Art School – Glasgow
24/05/09 @ Dot to Dot Festival – Nottingham
25/05/09 @ Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff
27/05/09 @ Monkey Cafe – Swansea
28/05/09 @ Central Station – Wrexham
29/05/09 @ Constitution Hill – Aberystywth
31/05/09 @ Barfly – Liverpool
01/06/09 @ Academy – Newcastle
02/06/09 @ Fibbers – York
03/06/09 @ The Royal – Derby
05/06/09 @ Ruby Lounge – Manchester
07/06/09 @ Bar Academy – Birmingham
08/06/09 @ Borderline -London
09/06/09 @ Portland – Cambridge
10/06/09 @ Joiners Arms -Southampton
11/06/09 @ Audio – Brighton
11/07/09 @ Wakestock Festival – Abersoch


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