Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable are the latest act to sign to Canvasback Music/Atlantic. The label will release the band’s full- length debut in early 2011. The Joy Formidable’s eight-song EP has won them critical praise from a variety of outlets, including the NME, who have consistently raved about the band’s style of “grungey pop [that] is sure to win over swathes of converts.” SPIN called the release “ambitious,” noting: “drenched in fuzzy bass, propelled by…driving percussion… the album transforms ear-stabbing reverb into something pretty, airy, girly and sometimes dark.” The New York Times’ Jon Pareles praised the songs’ “cryptic lyrics that glint with urgency,” and said that “the music regenerates the turbulent haze of 1990s rock, but it’s less tormented and more anthemic, confident of the pop structures at its core
The Joy Formidable will hit the road for a headlining North American tour beginning on November 3rd in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to that, the band will headline the Emerge NME Radar tour in September and October, making stops at various venues throughout the UK. Currently the band is on the road in Australia with acclaimed bands The Temper Trap and Passion Pit. Headlining tour dates below.
The band has been working in the studio on tracks recently with highly regarded producer/mixer Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Glasvegas) in anticipation of an early 2011 album release; a single from those sessions, “I Don’t Want To See You Like This,” is due out this fall.
Headlining Tour dates:
11/3 Toronto, ON Horeshoe Tavern
11/4 Montreal, QC Petit Campus
11/5 Quebec City, QC L’agitee
11/6 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
11/8 Columbus, OH Wexner Center@ Univ of Ohio
11/9 Chicago, IL Schubas
11/11 Washington, DC Black Cat
11/12 Harrisburg, PA The Abbey
11/13 Allston, MA Great Scott Sun
11/15 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
11/16 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom