If ever a band deserved the accolade "Hardest working band in Great Britain", then The Joy Formidable would be leading contenders for that coveted first prize. Since forming in 2007 from the ashes of Manchester also-rans Tricky Nixon and Sidecar Kisses, they've spent virtually the entire four years since on the road. However, such a nomadic lifestyle has paid dividends, having built up a reputation as one of the UK's best live bands as well as a devoted legion of hardcore fans to boot. Debut long player 'The Big Roar' came out at the turn of the year to universal praise from various sections of the media (including a more than respectable 8/10 on these very pages), Rich Costey's dynamic production capturing the often cavernous force of their live sound to perfection.
Having opened the Main Stage at Leeds Festival on Sunday morning, Dom Gourlay managed to track down the evermore lovable singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan for a quick chat about the past, present and what the future has in store for the exciting three-piece.
Things We Lost In The Fire (VEVO UK LIFT Presents: Live at Koko)
Say Hey (I Love You)