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The Joy Formidable 

Wales

A Welsh rock trio with a predilection for delivering stadium-sized riffs with shoegazey vistas and dreamy post-punk riffage the Joy Formidable emerged in 2011 with the fiery Big Roar which effectively paired '90s alt-rock sonic might with indie pop smarts. Taking a cue from bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Arcade Fire the trio continued to push their already expansive sound further on subsequent offerings like Wolf's Law and AAARTH while maintaining the hook-driven indie rock foundation laid down on their chart-topping debut. In early 2016 they announced that they would be releasing their much-anticipated third studio long-player Hitch later that March. The record was preceded by the single "The Last Thing on My Mind " which was accompanied by a video that included a montage of scantily clad men - a comment on the over-sexualization of women in the media. The group went on to promote the record with a tour that spanned the U.K. and Europe as well as playing an opening slot for Foo Fighters across North America. In 2017 the Joy Formidable got to work writing and recording their fourth record. Riffing on the Welsh word for "bear " the album titled AAARTH in September 2018.

The Joy Formidable have made the statement they needed to with AAARTH—it’s an album of compositional daring and fierce experimentation.
— DIY Magazine