Tue Jun 06 2017 8:00 pm

2011 was a watershed year for The Joy Formidable. The trio, made up of Ritzy Bryan (lead vocals, guitars), Rhydian Dafydd (bass, backing vocals) and Matt Thomas (drums, percussion) released their debut album ‘The Big Roar’ after signing worldwide with Canvasback Music, a division of Atlantic Records, and saw their live show expand dramatically, having made good on the promise that had seen them widely talked about as one of the bands poised to break through to bigger stages and greater acclaim at the start of the year. 

The band have taken the opportunity offered with the release of their new album, ‘Wolf’s Law’ to further widen their horizons and their sound will come as no surprise to anyone already familiar with their work to date or their live show. The blueprint for their worldview had been laid out on that debut album and the live shows which accompanied it around the globe. As venue sizes increased, the band’s sound developed in tandem, songs were deconstructed and reconstructed with thrilling self-assurance, peaking in a month long tour with Foo Fighters and a run of high profile festival appearances at the likes of Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds alongside a headline slot at New York’s prestigious Terminal 5 that had The New York Times cheering on ‘an artful dissonance of style, …a gleeful riot’. On the ‘home’ side of the pond, a sold out London Forum was treated to the band’s biggest UK headline show to date which left many agreeing with an earlier NME review which noted that ‘The Joy Formidable have always sounded so much bigger than the stages they inhabit’.