The Joy Formidable in Chicago – Pure Bliss

 

The crash of a gong. Lightning-fast guitar. Tenderhearted acoustic moments. These were the elements that characterized Tuesday night’s sold out Joy Formidable show at the Vic in Chicago.

The Joy Formidable is a fairly new Welsh rock band led by frenetic frontwoman Ritzy Bryan. This year – with “Wolf’s Law” – a record that will surely be vying for one of this year’s best, the band justified their status as phenomenal breakout stars.

 

 

It’s music that is of this era, but hearkens back to the sound of ‘90s alternative bands like Smashing Pumpkins or The Breeders.

While the chit-chat between songs went mostly misunderstood due to Bryan’s thick Welsh accent, the music spoke for itself. Pure bliss. 

 

PS: Opening act Kitten killled it! Check ’em out. 

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