THE JOY FOR­MI­DA­BLE E

AAARTH HAS­SLE RECORDS, OUT 28 SEPTEM­BER

Q (UK) - - Review -

Power trio’s fiery fourth sounds like the great leap for­ward.

Welsh three-piece The Joy For­mi­da­ble never quite had the break­through their mus­cu­lar 2011 de­but The Big Roar threat­ened. Over three al­bums, though, they have made fans among such cel­e­brated rock peers as Foo Fight­ers and Robert Smith. While AAARTH doesn’t veer too wildly from the tem­plate – tightly-wound rock riffs and pum­melling drums form­ing a cir­cle around front­woman Ritzy Bryan’s at­mo­spheric hooks – it doesn’t put a foot wrong, ei­ther. Opener Y Bluen Eira com­bines chain­saw gui­tars and spell­bound vo­cals, Ci­cada (Land On Your Back) sounds like an amped-up camp­fire sin­ga­long in Blair Witch ter­ri­tory and Dance Of The Lo­tus is the sort of post-rock wig-out that you imag­ine met with Robert Smith’s ap­proval. Maybe this is the one that fi­nally brings them to wider at­ten­tion. ★★★★ NIALL DO­HERTY Lis­ten To: Y Bluen Eira | Dance Of The Lo­tus | Ci­cada (Land On Your Back)

The Joy For­mi­da­ble: “doesn’t put a foot wrong.”

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