The Joy Formidable #14 - Wolf's Law

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On Tuesday I finally broke my gigging duck for August (there's been a drop of gigs on due to the Olympics but with still lots to see my only excuse is that I've needed a rest) to see the band I've seen more than any band ever, at last count around thirty times. The Joy Formidable aren't just any band though, a band I hold extremely close to me, for as well as releasing one of my favourite albums of recent time (and perhaps forever), they are honestly one of the most open, receiving bands I've ever come across. Both prior and after their sell-out, blow the roof of performance at The Lexington the band were happy to mingle with fans new and old, signing merch, posing for pictures (I even took a picture for some chap of Ryd and himself) and just having a chit-chat, it's this, their grounded approach that helps set them apart from so many other bands, that and their sensational music (and live performances) of course.

Tuesday saw the band play four new tracks, you can see videos of them all on youtube, one of which the band had aired previously in the UK at their Clarks gigs back in February "Silent Treatment", this Reading/Leeds warm-up show served as a UK debut for the other three. I'm going to concentrate on the last one they played, the title track to the bands forthcoming (rumoured to be January 2013) follow-up to The Big Roar, entitled Wolf's Law, played live as a delicate acoustic number, a perfect antidote to the blistering, brutal noise that had come before it with Rhydian's soft guitar circling around Ritzy's gorgeous heart-melting vocals, it was just gorgeous too.

Today the band shared the video to the track and also made the song available for free download by signing up to the bands mailing list here. Rumoured not to be on the album the recorded version retains the subtle approach at the outset, with the addition of harp and driving key twinkles it gentle, beautifully builds to a rushing crescendo of stadium sized proportions.

Arenas and stadiums (for better or worse) are the future for TJF now, it's been a good ride guys, long may it continue.