The Joy Formidable- Cradle [Single Review]

October 7, 2011

Following an incredibly intense live schedule for the trio this year; The Joy Formidable have been a consistent touring band which during the summer gained the three deserved acclaim following stand out festival performances across the globe.  The band are set to tour once more this time across the UK throughout October, showcasing their new release found in EP The Big More. The EP features exclusive new tracks and a Fang Island remix alongside lead track Cradle. The EP also contains a live version of Whirring taken from the bands sold out Koko show; a new track titled Anemone and a cover of the Roy Orbison classic It’s Over which was chosen by the bands fans via a poll on their website.
A single which will be familiar to any Formidable Friend, originally the second single released back in February 2009 via Try Harder Records, Cradle is a composition which has grown with the band‘s capabilities, expansive fan base and heightening repertoire. As Ritzy Bryan- Lead Vocals/Guitar, Rhydian Dafydd- Bass/Backing Vocals and Matt Thomas- Drums/Percussion have matured and established themselves together; their single Cradle has done the same. Cradle has maintained that illustrious Formidable sound. The single which is featured on the new EP is a short but reflective release. Highlighting the power they continuously provide in all that they do.

The three know how to arrange that hard hitting, large scaled, powerful sound which instantly relishes Cradle from the first beat. Despite being less than 3 minutes in length, substantial is the path their sound emits successfully.
Big on all levels, and simply powerful. The track begins with instant pounding beats with melodic “oohs” and “ahhs” entwining with the riffs of the same nature. Buoyant bass notes strengthen the energy displayed; transmitting the track to deeper impressions.

Here is an arrangement which proves Ritzy as a figure who can hold down her compelling front woman persona. Be it in the aggressive deliverance or the harmonious dynamic amplitude her vocals and lyrics posses’. A showcase of her singing abilities in lyrically a more perpetual and appressed single, hitting all alternating note during each line.

Whilst there is an underlying grittiness’ to the sound, which is present throughout; it’s the continuous prompt beat, together with the poppiest  intonation perceived which makes this single a memorable release. Colliding choruses’ and experimental instrumental interludes provide that stand out element.
 It’s a progressive single with a sublime simplicity within its formation, it’s not focusing on one members’ skills and ability, but what all three together contrive. And that strong unity is what’s delivered into their material and found throughout each single. It’s that unity which is driving The Joy Formidable further.

The Big More EP by thejoyformidable

UK dates are as follows; for all tour dates visit their website here.
Thursday 13th Birmingham Institute
Friday 14th London Forum
Saturday 15th Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 16th Dublin Whelans
Tuesday 18th Belfast Limelight
Wednesday 19th Glasgow Oran Mor
Thursday 20th Newcastle Riverside
Friday 21st Cardiff SWN Festival

The new EP from The Joy Formidable is released on 17th October 2011.
Click here to pre-order now:

Review can also be found at Altsounds- 

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