Emerge NME Radar Tour band The Joy Formidable finishing album ‘on the road’ – video

4am album sessions mean the trio are working double hard on the tour

Emerge NME Radar Tour headliners The Joy Formidable say they’ve been forced to finish off debut album ‘The Big Roar’ while on the road.

Frontwoman Ritzy Bryan told NME in a video interview you can watch on the right now that she’s even missed seeing tourmates Chapel Club so far, because work on the album has taken precedence over the band’s free time.

“I really like their ‘Five Trees’ EP,” she said of Chapel Club. “Yesterday we were busy during their set time, but it’s early days!”

Bryan added that ‘The Big Roar’ is currently being mixed by Los Angeles-based Rich Costey and, consequently, the band have ended up working long hours.

“We’re still right in the middle of it. That’s why we missed Chapel Club last night,” she said. “Because of the time differences we keep getting mixes through late, and they go on until the early hours. I think it was 4am we finished yesterday.”

The Emerge NME Radar Tour with Joy Formidable, Flats and Wilder continues in Leeds tonight (October 6).

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