Marco Benevento shakes up The 8×10 on June 14, 2018. (Photo by Shantel M. Breen)
Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.
This year has been a music filled year for me. I have managed to make it to over 80 shows in 2018 and some of these shows I had the pleasure of reviewing for Parklife DC. As I wrap up my concert calendar for this year, I started reflecting on my most memorable shows for 2018. I focused on shows that I felt were excited to photograph or the performance left an impression on me. In most cases, the shows in my Top 10 were the first time seeing the band perform and consequently, winning me over as a new fan. Listed in chronological order, my Top 10 will take you through 2018 and hopefully remind you of some great musical memories as well!
The Joy Formidable rocked out at The Black Cat on Nov. 10, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen)
The Joy Formidable, the always dynamic three-piece from Wales, closed their recent tour at The Black Cat on Saturday. They provided fans with not only a fantastic set but included an after party to celebrate the end of a four-week tour for their fans as well.
The Joy Formidable (Photo courtesy The Press House)
The Joy Formidable released Aaarth, their fourth studio album, in September via Seradom. And the Welsh trio promise a party when they bring the new songs to the Black Cat on Saturday, Nov. 10!
The Joy Formidable (Photo courtesy of Big Hassle Media; Photo credit: James Minchin)
I’m sure Welsh people are brilliant at many things, but one thing I can definitively add to that list is swearing. Ever so casually. Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan, lead singer of The Joy Formidable, gave the 9:30 Club crowd an epic glimpse of that brilliance during their show on April 13th.
One of the first, of many, things she told the mostly packed audience was that “the acoustics are f*cking lovely”. Or when she mentioned she used to live in DC years ago, “it was f*cking great.” Just a wee bit of flair that soon proved to be the norm. And when describing why they loved playing at the 9:30 Club, “They brought us cupcakes and dog biscuits. F*cking dog biscuits!”
The Joy Formidable, who also include Matthew James Thomas on the drums and Rhydian Dafydd on bass, are touring for their third studio album, Hitch.
Rhiannon ‘Ritzy’ Bryan of The Joy Formidable (Photo Credit: Paul Hudson)
This Wednesday, April 13, The Joy Formidable take over the 9:30 Club for a night of rock.
Their new and third full-length album, Hitch, released in March.
The single “The Last Thing On My Mind”, a catchy, thumping song that wants to last forever. In fact, many of the songs from Hitch are quite long.
The Joy Formidable are a Welsh alternative rock band that first formed in 2007. The band is Rhiannon Bryan (lead singer, guitars), Matthew James Thomas (drums) and Rhydian Dafydd (bass).
Their second album, Wolf’s Law, was a bigger and more rock anthemesque than previous efforts, and I quite liked it when it first came out. Maybe a little Muse creeping in. Yet their first album, A Big Roar, and the original EP, are a closer match to the sound of the songs in Hitch. “The Greater Light Is the Greatest Shade” and ‘Whirring” are what originally captured my attention and led me to get each album. I’ve yet to fully listen to Hitch, but will get on that right away.
Don’t give The Joy Formidable the silent treatment, buy your tickets here.
The Joy Formidable
w/ Everything Everything
Wednesday April 13
Doors @ 7:00pm