By Adam Schalke
It has been three years since America last heard from Welsh alt-rockers The Joy Formidable. At a time when many major British rock bands like the Arctic Monkeys and Florence + The Machine are expanding or experimenting with their sound, The Joy Formidable seem to keep their signature up-tempo noise intact on their most recent album, “Hitch.”
The decision to maintain their sound is a welcomed one. On their previous album, “Wolf’s Law,” The Joy Formidable seemed to have nailed down the often difficult task of taking exceptionally noisy and distorted music while giving it just enough sheen and pop sensibility to find its way onto alternative radio.
Many of the similar elements on that album are evident on “Hitch.” The driving tempos, the simple but effective melodies and singer Ritzy Bryan’s clean voice up before a distorted wall of noise are all here on the new album.
“Hitch” may not have reinvented the wheel or covered any new ground for The Joy Formidable, but it has given them a straightforward album filled with quality songs that will easily stand beside earlier tunes when the band takes their show on the road this spring and summer.
The Joy Formidable will be coming to Chicago on April 6 at the Double Door, and again for Lollapalooza on July 30.