It seems like an absolute age since we first wrote about The Joy Formidable, way back in January. Since then their mini album A Balloon Called Moaning has brought Breaking More Waves fuzzy fast lane highs at regular intervals during the year. Recently the band put out a new free download which you can grab from the bands Myspace using the link above. Entitled Greyhounds In The Slips the song is hardly likely to turn stubborn aethiests into believers of the ways of The JF but the converted will be more than satisfied. The biggest difference with this tune is a male voice being added to the blend from one Paul Draper, yes he of Stripper Vicar ex Mansun fame, it complements the effervescent Ritzy nicely. Raw guitar brashness, energy a plenty and distant cooing “Ooo ooo,” backing vocals mark out this thundering shake down. Check out the rather odd ending as well, what is going on there we wonder ?
Something that strikes us about The Joy Formidable which sets them apart from many other new UK bands is that they appear to have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic, having gigged heavily this year whilst producing significant amounts of merchandise and releases to sell. This hard slog continues this autumn when the band are out doing some serious fan and profile building on the road with both Editors and Passion Pit.