A deliberately frothy take on an under-documented moment in US politics
Live review: The Joy Formidable, Spring & Airbrake, Belfast
Saturday, May 29
And while they’ve yet to unleash their debut offering proper (that’ll be happening later on in the year we’re reliably told), a respectable smattering of the crowd sing along to every word of EVERY song as the pit heroes at the front throw the kind of mad shapes you’d expect at a party round Leatherface’s gaff. ‘Austere’ in particular (culled from their mini-album ‘A Balloon Called Moaning’) is a portent for the greatness to come and it boasts a sugar-sweet melody coupled with a riff fuzzier than a billy-goat’s bum. If Ritzy Bryan and co can make a record full of songs as good as that, then surely superstardom beckons. Either way, as it stands right now, we’re mad about the Joy.
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