The Joy Formidable Play Webster Hall

April 29th, 2011

Ritzy Bryan (vocals and guitar) and Rhydian Dafydd (bass and vocals) knew each other while growing up in North Wales. They each wrote music and eventually played together in a few bands after graduation. However none of those groups lasted, and Bryan decided to head to the United States—Washington, D.C., specifically. But upon returning, the childhood friends got down to business, writing songs together and trying to figure out their sound before relocating to the big city. This is an important part of the story as it was in London that the Joy Formidable expanded to three members with the addition of Matthew Thomas (drums). Since then the three have honed their stage presence while touring with the likes of Passion Pit and Temper Trap before releasing their debut LP, The Big Roar, earlier this year. One of the album’s highlights, “Whirring” (played live, above, at Mercury Lounge last year), was recently labeled by Dave Grohl “the song of the year.” See if you agree tonight at Webster Hall.