The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law (2013)
The Joy Formidable are a Welsh alt-rock trio, based in London, who formed in the breakdown of previous band Tricky Nixon. Wolf’s Law is their second album under this name after The Big Roar in 2011.
I must admit, that as I began to listen to this, I wasn’t blown away; the opening track, This Ladder Is Ours, is a not so great indie-rock track that is a bit anachronistic and wouldn’t feel out of place in the mid 90s. However, in my opinion, that is a minor blip in an otherwise good album. The next track is the wall-shaking Cholla, with a catchy pop melody and big riffs, which wouldn’t sound out of place on a stoner rock album. And that kind of describes The Joy Formidable; they have a veneer of pop, as exemplified by catchy hooks and vocal melodies, but they have a great alt-rock oomph through big guitars and solid rhythms. Yes, they do have a bit of a retro sound hearkening to mid-90s indie rock, but that isn’t a bad thing and they certainly do a great deal to mix up their palate, with slightly more rocking tracks, such as Bats or Forest Serenede, more experimental outings, like Tendons or the fantastic Maw Maw Song, or more tender tracks, such as Silent Treatment.
I enjoyed the album, a good alt-rock outing with a varied sound.
Favourite tracks: Cholla, Maw Maw Song, Bats
Spotify link: The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law